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Keystone

Keystone

Piece description from the artist

Keystone is one of several paintings that explore the idea of Ecological Order and highly networked systems. “Tree of Life” motifs and “woven” and layered paint textures are used to address the characteristics of natural ecologies, human-created networks, and the complexities of human interaction with the natural world. The original is oil on primed linen, 0.75 inch stretchers, 24 inches by 24 inches.

“Keystone” refers to a keystone species in a natural ecology. It was inspired by a set of papers I’d read a few years ago on the role of large mammals, and other species near the top of the food chain, on regulating and structuring entire ecologies.