Biotic Blueprints. Inspired and Inspiring Visions by Asher Jay.
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Inspired and Inspiring Visions by Asher Jay
Fallen Night Sky – Mixed Media Painting by Asher Jay, Dimensions of original 36” x 54” This artwork portrays a whale shark suspended by the solitude and silence of the abyss. Against the pitch its distinct markings recreate the dark canvas pricked by pinholes of light that we scour daily for the meaning of life, when truly all the answers of creation and the universe lay hidden beneath the shifting surface of the blue. This gentle giant, a swirling cluster of star stories, is now facing the threat of extinction during the anthropocence, an era ruled by man and devoid of celestial charm.
Torn Asunder – Mixed Media Painting by Asher Jay Dimensions of original 36” 54”. When we pursue one path we let go of another, but we do not see this, which results in conflict within our own processes, because everything comes at the cost of something and not EVERYTHING can BE at once. Our planet is a limited resource, it does not occupy infinite space and it does not contain infinite life forms within its expanse. One thing has to die to make room for another that desperately wants to occupy its niche, the question is, do we know what we are giving up to get what we think we want? We are clawing at the very fabric of life that bears us in its weave, if the fabric rips due to our negligence and aggressive avarice, we too shall come undone.
Ode To The Giant Cuttle Fish an artwork by Asher Jay, Mixed Media artwork: Background created as a reverse painting on Plexi. Dimensions 24”x 30”I have been in love with Cuttlefish for the longest while, for they are the most fascinating creatures, incredibly intelligent beings for the fact that they are "molluscs." The Giant Australian Cuttlefish in specific is the most extraordinary cephalopod to encounter, its alien countenance and inimitable ability to mimic and blend in to its immediate environment is utterly magical and hypnotizing to witness whether on video or in person.
They congregate along the rocky coasts of Whyalla between May and August to copulate and lay eggs. This marks the end of their lifecycle and makes way for the next generation of tentacledgiants; however their numbers have been dropping at an alarming rate over the past three years. They are now incredibly threatened and may not survive to embrace another season. The loss of this species will not only cause a massive hiatus in the ecology of Australian waters but also be a painful loss to earth's aesthetic diversity. This otherworldly dynamic, interactive, living artwork cannot be reproduced by the best of us, not even by the most technologically adept artists, and it will be gone forever if we do not act now! We should do everything in our power to raise the alarms and conserve this magnificent species.
Asphyxiation X-Ray Mixed Media Artwork by Asher Jay, Dimensions 16” x 20” Work created to shed light on Chris Jordan's efforts to raise awareness about the albatross populations inhabiting the Midway and Kure Atolls that are dying out due to malnourishment and plastic congested stomachs. This horrifying reality is but one consequence of our consumer choices; a lot of our post-consumer synthetic waste ends up in the blue, and in the bellies of wildlife. Kindly watch The Midway Journey film, pending release in fall 2012.
The PlasticSoup mixed media artwork by Asher Jay, dimensions 24” x 36”examines the impact of humanity's daily consumer choices on marine ecosystems. Set in a coral reef, this succinct narrative shines a light on the gradual denudation of a habitat rich in biodiversity due to our current, irreverent use-and-throw, gas-guzzling paradigm of subsistence. A plastic bag seems innocuous enough in a supermarket but in the wild ocean, its shimmering sheath teases the appetites of sea turtles and fish, choking their digestive tracts over a sustained period of time, depriving them of vital nutrition. The obvious solution is to assume unequivocal ownership of the undulating blue, a natural global asset, for if we fail to embrace our responsibility as custodians of this blue marble, we stand to lose our own story.
Banded Grid Symbiosis, Mixed Media painting by Asher Jay, dimensions 16” x 20” This work depicts the fragile relationship between the natural world and human hubris. Our exploits do not stop at merely overlapping and intersecting with the natural domain, our activities completely trespass and claim what safety havens they have left. The zebra bands diffuse into the grid to metaphorically render interconnectivity and highlight the need for a symbiotic interface.
We have to act now, to save tomorrow, or we stand to lose everything in the blink of an elephant's eye.
55 and Counting a graphic artwork by Asher Jay 24” x 30” The Maui Dolphin is on the verge of going extinct, due to negligent fishing practices with high by-catch mortality rates. Trawling and gill nets have brought Maui Dolphin numbers from 111 in 2005 to an alarmingly meager population of 55 in 2012. With only 20 females left in the wild, it has become apparent that drastic measures need to be instituted to save this sentient species from being wiped off the face of this planet.
This work shines a light on the matrix of intelligence that helps us connect to one another and see past our differences to appreciate the underlying pulse that unites all life.
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