Back in 2010, I started a series of paintings for a group show at Narwhal Contemporary called, 'The Dazzle'. I wanted to do a study of the potential effects of cordyceps fungi on creatures post mortem. Though this fungus is found mainly in Asian countries and in insects, I wanted to focus on larger creatures native to Canada.
The series deals with themes of mortality, beauty, and anthropogenic effects on the environment.
I'd been wanting to continue working on this series, and was given a chance to when I was approached to show with Hellion Gallery in Portland last fall. I painted two more paintings to add to the collection of giant Saturniidae moths found here in Ontario; the Luna and Cecropia.
The show at Hellion was titled 'Under a Veil of Frost', because the patterns created by the cordyceps looks delicate and intricate like a covering of frost.
I'm currently having the paintings shipped back to me, and plan to have an open studio one of these days to show the work. I'll do an update when the date and location are set. In the meantime, you'll find the work from the series below.
(You may also view larger versions of these paintings in the 'Oil Paintings' section of my website)