For our first recommendation, view the work below by Nils Henrik Sundqvist. He’s an amazing artist who works with great force moving forward, both with his art and his organization “Art Outlet.” It’s uniqe and affordable. After a number of visits to art fairs like the AAF, I’ve learned that there can be work that’s both affordable and incredibly strong with impact. Henrik has a very dark theme. He ads to his work with technique, and wonderful materials. As usual, I’m torn, this is work that I would love to own, but I can’t collect everything, so I’d love to see you own this work, support a fine artist.
Blood Flowers, State II
Softground Etching & Hardground Etching
Chine-Collé (with Cirrus White) on Chautara Lokta, Pink
18 x 12 inches
My drawings serve as studies and are used as an early stage for my prints. The drawings, etchings and silkscreen prints feature traditional subjects, such as portraits and societal or political issues. I cover themes such as racial profiling, oil politics, environmental hazards, consumer culture and gun laws.
The print series “Flores Muertas” depicts the issue of where our flowers come from, what kind of hidden real costs and dangers lie behind them and questions global capitalism as a real danger to people and the environment. Columbia is the dominant producer of U.S. cut flowers. To produce cosmetically perfect blooms for export to the U.S. and Europe, Columbia’s 80,000 flower industry workers, mostly women, perform long hours of physically grueling and hazardous labor.
In an award-winning documentary from Columbia by Marta Rodriguez and Jorge Silva, “Amor, Mujeres y Flores” (Love, Women and Flowers), one worker says “Flowers are very beautiful, but they’re a health hazard. Behind every flower there is death.” In a 1995 article for the Global Pesticide Campaigner called “New Harvests, Old Problems: Feeding the Global Supermarket,” Lori Ann Thrup writes that rose and carnation producers in Ecuador use an average of six fungicides, four insecticides, and several herbicides. The situation is worse in Colombia, where flower plantation workers near Bogota are exposed to 127 types of pesticides. In addition to the human toll, flower farms have polluted and depleted Bogota’s streams and ground water.
Pollinators—most often bees, butterflies, birds, and bats—who transfer pollen from one flower to another are critical to fruit and seed production. In fact, animals provide pollination services for over three-quarters of the staple crop plants that feed humankind, and for 90% of all flowering plants in the world. The flower industry takes it’s toll. The average North American or Western European consumer only cares about buying a flower bouquet for less than $20.00.
Think twice, you are buying a pretty cheap death.