Via Lena: In my highly rendered acrylic paintings, animals and other natural symbols create a narrative concerning the fragility of balance in nature. These creatures represent growth, perseverance and instinct. Human overpopulation and civilization has created an unusual disproportion, and our attempts to reimpose a sustainable equilibrium have led to unintended consequences. I ask myself, "Do we as humans truly have the ability to balance the wild while maintaining the modern civilizations that we value today, and is there even a true balance at all?”
The use of animals in my work embody the innate characteristics rooted deep within us. The conceit of civilization is to imagine that humans are above or apart from nature, but these instincts are a sharp reminder of our true essence. Our beastly counterparts serve as a mirror through which we might better understand ourselves, and perhaps help us recognize the natural world less as an artifact to be regarded, but instead as the true home in which we live and breathe.
Detachment of modern urban life transforms nature into a mere abstract concept, obscuring the reality beyond our cities. This has led mankind’s vision of it as an enemy to be conquered and subjugated instead of an entity that is a part of us. The immense power of it blinds us to its fragility. My work focuses on the powerful yet beautiful connectedness of animals, the nonhuman world and the harsh realities that are the core of human nature.
To view an album of Lena Sayadian's works for Cactus Gallery from 2011-present: https://www.pinterest.com/cactusgallery/lena-sayadian-at-cactus-gallery/
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