Physis by Eamon Standring (Australia)
Aerosol on Canvas
76 x 102
Made to Order (4 weeks production time + shipping)
The Greek word physis, loosely meaning nature, is full of scientific, theological, and philosophical implications. This stencil depicts a meerkat superimposed over a harsh skylight backdrop with bright oranges and deeper blues as well as a depiction of a starry night sky reminiscent of a fiery sunset in the deserts in which they are found. The juxtaposition of a social mammal such as the meerkat in front of a fiery glow, the creature stood at attention, intently alert to a perceived threat is a perfect illustration of the state of nature. The environment is beautiful yet hostile, three serene planets haunting the vast empty starry space that stretches to a seemingly infinite distance, and yet in the serenity is an uninhabitable, hostile, and barren land. While an animal in the vastness of our smouldering, fearful galaxy is insignificant at a grand scale, this painting speaks to the spirit of nature, that life is larger than the challenges it must overcome from our very humble vantage point, and ultimately that perspective is more important than the objective.