OBLIVIOUS - A Prairie Sanctum
This is an ongoing series of acrylic paintings on canvas using the infrastructure of animal carcasses to define and support the landscape. The imagery is quite graphic, yet there is a bold beauty to nature's recovery of it's once living flesh. Nature transitions the harsh reality of death and in the winter, pulls a forensic sheet over the remains. "As I work at pulling the prairie covering back, the imagery is sometimes raw, but each piece conveys a sardonic beauty that transcends traditional responses to the landscape".
Like a war artist, Paul Constable's visually intensive exploration has a sardonic beauty that is undertaken with traditional brush and canvas depictions. This lyrical forensic visualizes the evidence of two colliding forces with preoccupied agendas. The interaction between these opposing forces produce devastating results, endangering a delicate ecosystem and the lives of many innocent riders with the potential decimation of the other. As humans, we participate in this daily tragedy in a nonchalant and accepting manner, as we multitask, attending to children and using our handheld devices while we gobble up the prairie as quickly as we can.
A solo Exhibition of these works entitled 'OBLIVIOUS' A Prairie Sanctum' was held at the the Chapel Gallery in North Battleford, March 15 to April 30, 2013. It also displayed at the Humboldt Art Gallery in August 2016.
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