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Realizing how little we really know about life itself, I began to explore that mysterious miracle beginning with a simple palm seed, following its history, its interaction with the world, and what it has to teach us about life within a unified Natural process that we are innocently destroying.   In 2011, I concentrated most of my time on Royal Blossom Project and other transcendent themed paintings listed here that supported the basis of the project. I also worked on Tales From The Anthropocene and created numerous studies with my Avatar, Judy the Leading light.  


Projects For The Year

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Blue Book For A Green Man

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

What we know about the world is the product of our power for observation and rational thinking.  The library of what we known also has reference to what we do not as yet know. As we enter an age of critical concern respecting the effect of our activity to the world, a blue book for life isn't long in coming to suit the new green man. .


Combined Life Patterns

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

The continuation of life seems to depend a lot on how one style of life suits its needs and those of others as suggested by the idea of a web of life. When they blend together as a pattern for life and succeed one may call that pattern a sustainable continuation of life. The lessons are everywhere you look.


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Blue Book For A Green Man

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

What we know about the world is the product of our power for observation and rational thinking.  The library of what we known also has reference to what we do not as yet know. As we enter an age of critical concern respecting the effect of our activity to the world, a blue book for life isn't long in coming to suit the new green man. .


Running Against The Penny

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

For over 5,000 years coins have defined civilization and their power central to human nature. Who would think by looking at a penny that its lowly value, is sometimes higher than the value of the life of women and children, of whole environments, and over the truth about what we are doing to the world. Happily, reality does not run against the penny and we are discovering that life is the best value a penny can buy.


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Sitting At The Juncture

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

For over 150 years since Charles Darwin called attention to the biology of natural selection, the newness of its magnificence to understanding the origins of life rocked older ideas off-balance. In the 21st century, we can still see the discomfort to that notion and at the same time, see still living, the primates that stood at the juncture of our descent. Oddly, we may already be at a new juncture from where our new genus will depart full of knowledge of the biology involved and leaving the silly argument behind.


Earth As A 4th Dimensional Idea

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

Taking a moment to think that the earth is a planet that rotates and moves at unimaginable speed around the sun and that you are part of its journey is a lot to think about. Now, add to it that that journey is taking place on a stage where our sun is one of billions of suns none of which we know to have someone like you thinking about this. That is how priceless earth is in the 4th dimensional stage of space-time.



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Tired Sunrise

40”x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Works:

Tire tracks have become the central character behind our labor of conquering the world. With their help we have run over everything that was pristine and unspoiled. Now there are huge tire cemeteries all over the world where the tires also tell the moral of our story and the futility of our conquest. As the new sun rises, so should the role of the tire in the making of a different world.


The Eponymous Narrow Forrest

40”x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

Forests keep getting smaller and smaller every year, oddly enough , the gap between how important they are to all life continues to grow in spite of efforts to the contrary. The narrow of the forest is in our cultural context and our failure to expand it to mean that if we are in dominion of the world, our first priority should be to life. If these places are cradles of life then, forests are part of our first priority.


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Blossoming to Nature's Everlasting Rhythms

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

Flowering vines set in motion by the wind are spectacles whose beauty in reflection, act like runways where imagination can take flight. How wonderful it is that one can experience concepts like immortality in the beauty of a flowering vine whose flowering has endured the passing of millions of years.


This Is The Web That Should Not Be Broken

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

In the youth of humanity, all of the fruit, all of the animals and all of the fishes were the property of humanity to do as they pleased. We chose to squander the gift and perhaps just in a nick of time, at the dawn of our maturity as a species, we know that the gift is disappearing and that its fabric holds our own survival in its web.


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On Board The Climate Change Train

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

Whether we like it or not, planet earth moves forward relentlessly with no concern for what we think. The dinosaurs are proof of what climate change does, regardless of what caused it. While we are innocently pointing fingers at each other, ignoring the evidence and denying the available facts, we do so at our own peril.


5 Points of Consciousness At Sunset

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

The five main organizing instruments of society (government, natural science, social science, industry, and media) have reached a high point in their development; unfortunately their input at this time is not sufficient to carry human society over the obstacles, which prevent its cultural context to proceed to the next high point.


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Cultural Reroute

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

The suggestion of a cultural reroute of sorts would have been a ludicrous notion in the middle of our conquest of the world. In the light of how that conquest has turned out and how close we are to destroying the only world that will support life like ours. A cultural reroute has become a more attractive proposition, our challenge however, is to clarify just how we are going to do that.


Newton Relativity and Quantum Skepticism

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

Big ideas take time to get a foothold in popular culture. What is more, some of the most important ideas never do and are ignored for the convenience of other ideas. Skepticism can be a good thing when what is wanted is the evidence that explains better what we want to know. It should never be confused with ignorance, which is just a measure of what we do not know.


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1101 Red Square

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

The place called home in the city where this address corresponds may also serve as a metaphor for belonging to a community and the community itself to a unique part of the world. Life on earth is life that, it resides in a planet located in a unique solar system which seen as a whole is our only home.


Segmented Biorhythm

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

Our idea of the world is one side of the story, as the other side is what the world actually is. One of the curiosities coming out of the natural sciences is that there are great gaps between our idea and the way life operates. This will suggest that some of the things we are doing that so modify the way the world works are not ideas in the best of life, including ours.


Diminishing Expectations Of Flourishing

40”x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

No one doubts the innate beauty inherent in Nature. However several billion people fail to realize that that beauty is in peril and losing its ability to sustain life of the kind that sustains ours. Nature will flourish again if we give ourselves the gift of understanding what flourishing actually means and flourish together.


Green-ware

53” x 40“

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

Lately, we have taken to green everything and some of it is helping to halt the extent of the damage and a measure of the consumption demand that drives the devastation of earth's resources. Green is good but one bad cultural habit has to be replaced with something different, before the green-fare fad turns into more of the same old bad cultural habit.


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Diminishing Expectations Of Flourishing

40”x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

No one doubts the innate beauty inherent in Nature. However several billion people fail to realize that that beauty is in peril and losing its ability to sustain life of the kind that sustains ours. Nature will flourish again if we give ourselves the gift of understanding what flourishing actually means and flourish together.


Segmented Biorhythm

40” x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

Our idea of the world is one side of the story, as the other side is what the world actually is. One of the curiosities coming out of the natural sciences is that there are great gaps between our idea and the way life operates. This will suggest that some of the things we are doing that so modify the way the world works are not ideas in the best of life, including ours.


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Diminishing Expectations Of Flourishing

40”x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

No one doubts the innate beauty inherent in Nature. However several billion people fail to realize that that beauty is in peril and losing its ability to sustain life of the kind that sustains ours. Nature will flourish again if we give ourselves the gift of understanding what flourishing actually means and flourish together.


Diminishing Expectations Of Flourishing

40”x 53”

Mixed Media On Canvas


Beth's Narrative for the Work:

No one doubts the innate beauty inherent in Nature. However several billion people fail to realize that that beauty is in peril and losing its ability to sustain life of the kind that sustains ours. Nature will flourish again if we give ourselves the gift of understanding what flourishing actually means and flourish together.


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All images,works, and text © Beth Carter Bell 2016