SPEEDWORK

by on August 7, 2009
in art

It is the purpose of SpeedWork to expose the impermanent extreme metabolic rate and desperate existence of the hummingbird, as a powerful symbol in today’s modern world.

Recognizing that we as society are increasingly more reliant on technology, pharmaceuticals, and convenience, to “be more efficient,” or “accomplish more with less.”

The Hummingbird:

  • Beats it wings 80 times per second
  • Flies at speeds up to 60mph
  • Proportionally has the largest heart of any animal
  • Has the second fastest heart rate of any animal 500 bmp (at rest) and 1,260 bmp (when fully active)

In an attempt to embody this delicate balance between fragility and kinetics, I developed these non-archival paintings quickly on oversize acid-free paper with oil paint.

While non-archival as this methodology may be, the paintings will easily last a lifetime or more if cared for properly and in keeping with my artist statement, “the materials with which the work is created must be subservient to it’s overall meaning and purpose.”

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