36" X 36" oil on canvas
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The Pace of Life
The edges of two estranged worlds come face to face. Here, the ancient elements of nature meet as the two worlds push back and forth: earth, air, fire and water. The fire from the sun causes the atmosphere to heat. That, combined with the Coriolis effect of our rotating planet, creates weather. Fetch, which is the wind over distance of water, creates waves that break with relentless erosive force where the edges of worlds collide.
The pace of natural environmental change can be measured, much like we measure time by the hands of a clock or the pages of a calendar. Adaptation of species to a changing environment is evolution, which is designed to keep pace with erosion and the other natural processes of change, such as volcanic and seismic activity. The combination of these processes of change and the ensuing adaptation is the natural pace of life on earth: change over time = life-speed.
But the current processes creating change are not natural, and they are not happening at the pace of life-speed. Natural life-speed can be quantified by the past, and the speed of extinction by the future, but only as long as the actions of one overwhelming variable remains unchanged –
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 38 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.