16" X 20" oil and metal leaf on canvas
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This is the visualization of key moment in the second book of Mark Heine’s Sirens series.
The story point: the fragile Monarch butterfly. How can something so frail survive a multi-generational migration over tens of thousands of miles? How does the next generation know the route home? A canary in a coal mine, they are an indicator of the health of our environment, and their numbers are in terrible decline. Here, Sarah learns of their plight. The pollinators, bees included, are disappearing. No pollinators, no crops – the desolation of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.
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 35 years exploration, is inspired by the sea-nymphs, made famous in Homer's Odyssey. These underwater visions of mythological muse are rooted in the moments of an ongoing and developing fictional narrative. This complex narrative, involving human evolution and our natural environment, is the unifying conceptual thread that ties these surreal visions.