24" X 36" oil on canvas
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The story point ...
Sarah studies the exposed western shore of Village Island. This is the great barrier separating the two worlds that co-exist on a single planet. This is where it all began. Some wayward ocean dweller was chased into shallow water by predators and tossed up on the beach. Eventually it returned to the water – a most effective dodge to learn. But over time, the predators learned too. They learned patience, forcing it to remain longer and longer on land. At some point, it didn’t go back, and an Orphan was born.
Writing has long been a integral part of Mark Heine's creative process. In the pursuit of his original artistic voice, Mark's writing has evolved to become the driving force behind his work and has led him to envision a world of his own creation. SIRENS, the culmination of 30 years exploration, is inspired by the sea-nymphs, made famous in Homer's Odyssey. Theses under-water visions of mythological muse are rooted in the moments of an on-going and developing fictional narrative. This complex narrative, involving human evolution and our natural environment, is the unifying conceptual thread that ties these surreal visions. Ultimately, the paintings will illuminate the completed book and will also serve as scale studies for larger, life-sized works, to be presented as a large scale show that will coincide with the launch of the book.