Cynthia James

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Oil Painting

My current work explores plant forms which could have existed in Prehistoric times, or in exotic corners of the world. Birds and bees are the foragers of the specimens which appear as if in fictitious field notes. These species are in a current  struggle with each other and their altered environment of genetic modification and radiation. Life forms of the past are imagined in a fantastic manner and painted in the 18th century style of "grotesquerie" and plants of the present are portrayed as deceptively beautiful mutations devouring the bees. I strive to take the viewer on a botanical journey into a dreamlike setting, luminous, yet slightly menacing. My images are jewels and vestiges, a referential menagerie of natural signage which resonates with folk tales and legends of survival.