Embarking on a new series of graphic works tentatively entitled ‘The Long Emergency’. This series will explore various themes and subjects relating to the fall of (post) industrial civilization, which has been set in motion decades prior to the current crisis humanity finds itself in at this present time. The works will explore motifs and subjects such as environmental disasters (nature vs man-made landscapes), energy production, domestic and wild animal and human genetic mutations, just to name a few, all packaged in a surrealist form of image-making, inspired by computer-aided technologies, nature and graphic styles of past painting masters. In short, this series will be an eclectic mishmash of styles, media and ideas.
Scientific experiments on cattle and other domesticated (and wild) animals have been going on for decades, if not centuries (if one considers animal husbandry/selective breeding as a form of genetic intervention). Cows have changed indeed. This painting explores laboratory experiments on cattle (the subject could as easily involved other animal species) that go beyond antibiotics and steroids, and enters into the realm of bio-synthetic chimera-cyborg creations, in which the end result is to manufacture units that produce energy, modified food and other unhealthy products destined for human and animal consumption. Another cautionary tale as it were.
Pierre D., December 2022.