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16 x 12"
Acrylic on Cradled Board2012
Green Honeycreeper with Pocket Watch
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There’s a sign when one enters the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad that reads: “Take Nothing but Photographs, Leave Nothing but Footprints, Kill Nothing but Time.” It’s a statement that underscores the most memorable part of my trip to Trinidad, which was not an especially unusual bird sighting, but rather the general feeling of life in the tropics. Having never left the US before that trip, I was overwhelmed by the relaxed, languid pace of life, which the locals call “Trin Time.” Given Trinidad’s history as a British Colony, I’d expected a more regimented lifestyle, but while elements of a traditionally British timetable survive (High Tea for instance) the rest of the hustle and bustle of Western Culture surrenders to the equatorial heat and humidity. It’s not that things don’t get done; it’s simply that there’s absolutely no hurry whatsoever. Oddly, this sense of ease is set against the backdrop of the forest itself, a place where the struggle between life and death is so blatant, so immediate, you can’t look past it. I wrote in my travel journal back in 2006, “When life and death converge so seamlessly, they take time with them.” “Trin Time” is my visual exploration of this idea. The beautiful Green Honeycreeper, its appearance so fleeting, suggests the transitory nature of life so evident in the rainforest, where plants and animals jostle for every square inch of space in unimaginable diversity and abundance. The pocket watch, a family heirloom carried by my Great Grandfather throughout his life as a reminder of his deceased brother, speaks both to the persistence of memory and the mutability of all things in time. The abstract pattern in the background, a series of circles suggestive of clocks, become ever smaller until they are little more than dots, as abundant as hours in a lifetime, as innumerable as cells in a body, and as incomprehensible as the expanse of geologic time.
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