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Life Cycles

Exhibition by Sarah Graham

Opening Reception:
Oct 12, 2019

On View:
Oct 3 - Oct 31

A life cycle usually refers to an animal, plant or human's developmental changes that eventually result in the return to its original origin.  A life cycle breaks down the birth, life, death and rebirth of something into segmented stages.  This concept applies to many fields of study; including humanity and the products we consume. 

My paintings combine a product (i.e. trash) with a specific insect or animal to show the relationships their life cycles have to one another and subsequently with humans.  Whether we choose to believe it or not, we are the stewards of the natural world, and are part of a larger web of life than what is immediately in front of us. Our comforts and consumption come with a responsibly – do our convenient choices outweigh the value of an entire species survival?

This series focuses on depicting specific objects commonly used for consumption that are known to have the greatest negative impact on endangered species and their habitats, highlighting their relationship and the detrimental role they play in an animal’s life cycles. In my mixed media piece, I used pharmaceutical pills to illustrate the destructive impact their chemicals have on the environment, including our water and soil systems. I also inserted straws and cigarettes directly into the painting to illustrate how this trash is intertwined within everyday natural scenes through pollution and overproduction of single use plastic. 

We have become accustomed to a “disposable” culture.  Not just in how we consume but also in how we think of others. It is another symptom of a larger systematic issue in how we view our relationships to all living (and non-living) things on our planet.  As we enter into a 6th mass extinction globally, it is more important than ever that we do not turn our back on Mother Nature and think critically about how large of an impact our small daily choices have on ourselves, other species, and our world as a whole. 



145 S. Washington St.
Sonora, Ca


Wed - Fri
12 - 5pm

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