Splinternet/La Fantasia Tondo
Oil & acrylic on polymer & canvas, 96 in. diameter. One of Six Tondo Paintings in US Art in Embassies Permanent Collection. Libreville Embassy, Gabon (Africa) Echoing the Embassy's bilateral mission of environmental preservation & protection, this large-scale tondo commands attention in the entrance lobby. Its sharp collage-like aesthetic (including homage to the disappearance of the worker bee due to Colony Collapse Disorder) evokes society's fractured relationship with the environment - a kaleidoscopic view of nature as seen through the phantasmagorical lens of pop-culture. The work's title also comments on the diminishment of our attention spans due to the internet and social media - where direct, unfiltered experiences of nature have largely given way to a culture obsessed with mediating the natural world through the digital lens of social media and selfies.