‘Mercy’ by Alexis Trice
Artist: Alexis Trice
Medium: Oil on uncradled wood panel
Dimensions: 7″ x 5″
Year of Creation: 2021
Artwork Will Ship From: USA
About the Artwork:
“We are currently living in the Anthropocene. A period of time relating to the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.
As time marches forward and the world changes, one must adapt quickly and efficiently to the climate shifts. While some can, many cannot. The ones that barely hold on by a string are critically endangered. And within those, when only one individual remains of the last of its species or subspecies, it is called an endling. Once the endling dies, the species becomes extinct. In this piece we have a reflection on just a minute glimpse of potential endlings, and their worlds that surround them.
In my work, subjects are presented both in solitude and in the finery of their natural habitats, and for every tragedy there is an elegant mechanism at work, a habitat turned captor. In environments fighting against their denizens and vice-versa, we are invited to find a familiar place in a natural order that has clearly been shaken.” – Alexis Trice
About the Artist:
Born and bred in New York City, Alexis Trice has had an obsession with drawing and painting from a very young age, and flora and fauna have always been her subject of choice. After graduating from The School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Illustration she started focusing on painting in oils.Alexis finds inspiration and admiration in wunderkammer, insects, wax anatomical studies, natural history, conjoined twins, daguerreotypes and sifting through the pages of old lithographs. When not in front of the easel she can be found with a backpack getting lost in other far off lands.
To the self-interested, Alexis’s paintings seem to exploit conditions of entrapment, cruelty and isolation. But the sense of exploitation falls away as the subjects become more dear to us, begging the viewer to consider what these conditions reveal about the necessity of our nature: to be free, to live without fear, and to propel ourselves into a greater, sometimes unfathomable scope of experience, however manipulative or dire. Horizons menace yet somehow beckon, reminding us where we stand in the scene: constraints serve as warnings, suffering betrays hope, and each contrivance – the better we see it – becomes urgently familiar.