CYNTHIA FUHRER

 “No matter how dressed up we are, we are biological creatures, and our environment effects our well being as it does the smallest of insects and largest of animals. If it effects one, it effects all."



No being exists in isolation. We know now we are not separate from the natural world, we are intrinsically connected to it. We are constantly presented evidence of the world changing, protesting changes that we are causing. The world is losing forests and animals at an alarming rate. Starving and displaced wildlife are an alarm, a wake up call, for a future in which we create a struggle for ourselves to survive. No matter how dressed up we are, we are biological creatures, and our environment effects our well being as it does the smallest of insects and largest of animals. If it effects one, it effects all.
With large scale paintings, my work proposes a mythical framework for the depiction of human beings in the wild, connected and responsible to a diverse community of plant and animal inhabitants.The tropes of historical painting post-Renaissance through the Romantic period, and into 19th century Modernism provide the framework for me to picture a tableaux that captures the symbiotic presence of these enlightened spirit beings. The figures are presented as a formally composed portrait; directing their gaze, confronting and acknowledging the viewer. Human presence is juxtaposed in a natural setting with mythical animals where children stand with fortitude alongside sacred creatures, sharing the burdens of a history that is left to them. The subjects are depicted as guardians of a shared landscape, invoking a positive coexistence and perhaps a glimpse into a sustainable future.