Vital Fluid

Thinking of the philosophical query, “If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” one might reason that there must be other living things besides humans, and of course, those things would hear it fall. I ask in my current series, “If something bad happens to you in the woods, do the other living things care?”

After trying to come up with subtly gruesome scenes, I came to the realization that a huge stimulus for fear is the idea that if you were in trouble no one would be able to help you. I admit, it’s one facet to my own issues with bodily integrity. There is nothing scarier than knowing that the only living things around you are indifferent to your situation, and may even munch on you. Thus is the inspiration for this series which depicts random pools of blood being curiously investigated and casually co-existing with animals.

Blood, being a tried and true catalyst of fear, and animals, being symbols of peace but also savagery, the images evoke an eerie feeling of dread, but could also contain a twisted and blunt expression of acceptance and returning to the Earth.