bod·y \ˈbä-dē\ n. pl. bod·ies

1. the physical structure of a person or an animal, including the bones, flesh, and organs; 2. a large or substantial amount of something; a mass or collection of something.

The average adult human body is composed of approximately 65% water. Similarly, just over 70% of the planet we live on is covered in water. Of this water, approximately 97% is saltwater in oceans. Less than 3% is freshwater, and of that freshwater, about 67% remains frozen in ice caps and glaciers. The rest exists in lakes, rivers, streams, groundwater, water vapor, and precipitation.

Of all the water on Earth, less than 1% is readily available for human consumption. Nonetheless, it is essential to our existence, facilitating the physical processes through which our bodies function. Without water, there is no life.

Many of the earliest human civilizations developed around bodies of fresh water. While some perished as a result of drought, more recently, bodies of water have become contaminated with toxic chemicals from agriculture, industry, and the extraction of fossil fuels. Just as our hearts pump blood throughout our own bodies, all the water on Earth could be considered as part of a single massive circulatory system within a planetary body. When we poison the water, we poison ourselves.

This series developed as a demonstration of the relationship between our own bodies and the bodies of water on Earth. The compositions are inspired by bodies of water that have naturally acquired extraordinary colors through geothermal activity, mineral deposits, and the growth of algae or bacteria. Each image is accompanied by a few words describing a physical experience, suggesting that there is, in fact, an intimate connection between the bodies of water on our planet, and the bodies of those who inhabit it.

RedRiver

“Your body is a cell, in the veins of the earth, pumped from the core, to the surface of the skin.”

Red River, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 48 inches

LimeLake

“Pins and needles, punctuate your skin, in the acidic broth, your life is washed away.”

Lime Lake, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

PinkLake

“Chalky clay, slips between your toes, suspended in flesh, your skin forms a border.”

Pink Lake, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

StrawberryLake

“Bathe in scarlet nectar, bask upon the shore, bees feast upon your skin, preserved within a shell.”

Strawberry Lake, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

GreenLake

“Sink to the bottom, patiently wait, let your body be populated, by the smallest living things.”

Green Lake, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

RiverOf5Colors

“Liquid rainbows, blossom from a bed, wrapping your body, in sheets of color.”

River of Five Colors, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 48 inches

TurquoiseLake

“Your body is a rock, ridden with veins, tumbled smooth, on a bed of sand.”

Turquoise Lake, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

BlueHole

“Sink forever, disappear, re-emerge, somewhere else.”

Blue Hole, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

LapisLake

“Your life is a line, in the side of a rock, layers of sediment, suspended in time,

as the water, turns to stone.”

Lapis Lake, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

BlackLake

“Below the surface, where no one can see you, moving in all directions, at the same time.”

Black Lake, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

BloodFalls

“Blood falls, from cracks in ice, calving glaciers, dripping pigment.”

Blood Falls, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 32 x 48 inches

Bodies | 2016 | Painting, Projects