Strange Love

Strange Love 2017.

https://www.interaliamag.org/emerging-ideas/cecelia-chapman-strange-love-2017/   Lanaquarelle paper, gouache, watercolor, ink, graphite, personal rubber stamps. 9 x 12 in., 23 x 30.5 cm.  

Is there a more enigmatic species? Humans have been fascinated by them and cultivated them for thousands of years. They orchestrate a dance of sex and death through complex strategies of attraction to ensure survival. Orchids are the earth’s most rapidly evolving species, the largest species of flowering plants, are twice the number of bird species, and four times greater than mammal species. Genetic sequencing shows orchids may have evolved more than 76-84 million years ago. Perhaps they have something to tell us about survival and the balance of life. 

Over the years I have drawn and studied orchid markings and pattern. Design is our way of attracting fate. Orchids speak the asemic language. And they appear in two of my videos. 

Orchid Farm 2008:  http://www.wildviolet.net/world_voyage/orchid_farm.html 

Drone Drama: Music for the Dead 2016: Chapter 9: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5iXzdIyWrY