Monday, June 1, 2009

Cabbage River - Art

Cabbage River is a whimsical, surreal piece in which vegetables grow in the unlikely habitat of a flowing river. In this painting, the agricultural binds with the wild, a domesticated crop of cabbages finding a home in the wild setting of a natural river. This pairing of domestic and natural indicates that mankind is in fact a part of nature, and the agricultural and technological innovations of humanity become a determining factor in the direction in which our world will evolve.

The cabbages in the painting line up into orderly rows in the river, revealing that man has in many ways tamed nature, forcing it into a recognizable and controllable pattern. The river appears to be flowing quickly, well-placed streaks revealing the movement in the painting. Yet the cabbages remain intact in their rows, suggesting the ever-firmer grasp that mankind has over the environment.

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