30" X 40" oil on canvas
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Little physical evidence remains of the first humans to inhabit North America. Thirty thousand years ago they crossed the frozen Bering Sea, then worked their way south through the lush coast of British Columbia. An abundance of wood was what they had. With stone, shell and bone they carved settlements from the rainforest. The wood has long since turned to dust, but the bone, shell and stone remains to this day. Ancient petroglyphs, like the one painted here, still dot the coastline. This half human half fish being is evidence of a mythology linking their land based existence with the ocean that sustained them.
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.