‘What Silence Brings’ is a large scale brush and ink drawing on silk, portraying a dark dystopian landscape which serves as a warning against today’s social political and environmental climate. In the forefront is a huge tortured and dying tree, bound in wires and segregated from the rest of the picture by a gigantic grotesque wall, an obvious symbol of humanities detachment from nature. The landscape is dominated by a huge triangular crowd of people, who seem to be existing in their own worlds even within a crowd, looking lost and lonely, narcissistically amusing themselves to death, and entertained by their own Armageddon through the screens in their hands, seemingly unaware of the environmental catastrophe which surrounds them and how it will effect them. This apocalyptic nightmare dramatically depicts a precise moment in time, a massive flash of light illuminating the landscape coming from a mushroom cloud above, sending shock waves through the image and blowing branches from the tree. The melting of the ice caps, huge blocks of ice crumble into the sea and create cataclysmic waves heading for the land, the land which is now doomed behind the walls which they cannot even see behind the mass of plastic waste piled up. Leaning high up is a white flag, representing nationalism or perhaps a submissive cry for help. Barricades are warped into abstract shapes, which represent ideas of borders and barriers being just that, ideas and human-made concepts which are not always helpful, after all the people could climb the physical wall to escape, but refuse to because of inbuilt cultural memes and generations of indoctrination. Beneath all the doom and gloom is a glint of hope, as one recognizes the familiarity of the fractal patterns which allow me to weave the landscape together mainly from my imagination. Starting with the tree branching out, and leading to the people and buildings, whose positions in the landscape also create a fractal and remind us that we are nature. The destructive triangular top down society is shifting, as you can see from the other side of the wall.

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