This is the story behind one of my strangests of titles ‘Yeast’. My model came with this pose Madonna used for one of her albums. Originally it was intented to do square sized pastels because I happen to have 4 spare square frames but today I saw a greater scheme I had to work out first. Still like the square though but the theme was better served with a (sur)realistic bodily outlook. I also wanted to return to surrealism. My graphite pencil drawing ‘Gouda – 07-07-19’ was the last one.
Sadly these days are filled with sorrow and grief over burning down rainforests in Brazil, Indonesia, the list goes on. That only to satisfy our ever growing need to exploit the world. Cheap palm oil and soy products are returned in stead and return on investment. Can it be that eventually we burn down our own house we live in? That is why I think living your life ecologically entails more than meets the eye. Who can say drinking soy milk and abstain from meat is better than flying a plane for holidays? Can anyone suggest something useful to save the world without stepping on somebody else’s toes.
My regular model posed for this one and of indian descendance. She is all that Columbus once sought for. He made the discovery of The New World (the Americas) in stead of India though. That fact inspired me to position her on a Maya altar amidst burning rainforest trees. Legend has it Maya’s also distroyed their own society by exhausting their natural habitat. So what do you think? Shouldn’t we have learned from their demise? Yeast is an organism that cannot stop eating until it chokes in its own poo.
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Graphite pencil drawing (Sakura 0.5 mm, 3B) on Canson Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm) – A4 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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