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This piece is from 2011, now in a private collection. This piece represents the unsustainable system of resource consumption. The smoldering sphere in the center of the piece represents earth, it's slow transition from green abundance to charcoaled and desolate. The figures echo this slow transition as symbolized by the stages of consumption of the grass. Many times in my work self portraiture is utilized to communicate the concept that the action taking place in the narrative also shadows an inner psychic dynamic or property. In this situation the "seller" is both the "buyer" of the good and the "buyer" the "seller" of the good. In this piece the selfs drive to over consume a physical good will eventually lead to a state of inner or spiritual turmoil as well as an equal fold physical or outer distress, again, mirrored by the smoldering sphere.

Of note: The hand signal of the buyer of the good as he holds the coin is the sign of the horns, a superstitious symbol used as an attempt to ward off bad events.

Materials used:

Archival inks on Vellum fine art paper

"Trade" 1 of 45 (2013)


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Chris Sedgwick

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