Ocypodae

Oil On Linen, 61 x 76cm

This is the first in the series, and is actually of my own hands. You’ll notice that some of these portraits don’e even feature the face of the person, and if they do, the hands are still a major focus of the work. I really enjoy drawing hands, and find them really expressive. They’re also symbolic of both creation and destruction.

In this painting, I’ve superimposed various creatures onto the hands. As with the following paintings, these are insects that fairly adaptable to changing climates, have a varied diet, don’t need to migrate, and can burrow deep into the earth. These qualities all make them more likely to survive an ever changing world that most other animals, and perhaps even human beings. 

I actually did a version of this where I used real insects stuck onto the hands, and it looked very impactful, but the insects stole the show, so I preferred this version where doing the whole thing as a painting allows me to create a balance between the human and non-human elements.

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