18" X 36" oil on canvas
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I created this painting during the first few weeks of self isolation. It's difficult to focus with the steady drone of worsening, unreliable news bombarding you from every direction. The surreal experience of being unable to socialize is surprisingly difficult, even for an artist who for 37 years has spent his days isolated in a studio. But now it's mandatory ... hunker down, curtains closed, pale skin, Vitamin D, wandering thoughts, distant friends and family. I pose the question ... is it sanctuary if it's not voluntary?
It's now April 24th, 2020. There are 2.76 million cases reported ... that's reported. It's hard to know where we stand. Is this still the beginning? Will it be the end?
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.
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