I was invited to create a piece for the upcoming Coaster Show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, California. The title is Origin, and it is an acrylic on cardstock, 4″ tondo. The show opens September 2nd, from 8-11pm and will remain up through October 2nd. View the painting online here: http://laluzdejesus.com/the-4th-annual-coaster-show-mark-todd/origin/.
Well, this is it. This is the last time Mother Nature will be on view to the public. It is currently on exhibit in the “Animus” exhibit in London, and afterwards will have its permanent home in London. This painting has been an important piece for me since it is the only painting I’ve done directly dealing with dairy:
Our use of animals and the environment has led to practices that could be considered a bizarre perversion of nature. From our everyday use to the most complex scientific discoveries, we have created a new world far removed from that of our original planet. Our food is no longer something we grow or find ourselves, but prepackaged, processed, and mass-produced. ‘Natural’ has become unnatural. We consider it eccentric or bohemian. We, as adults, drink what is essentially breast milk from an entirely different species, yet scoff at the idea of a woman breastfeeding her infant in public. In Mother Nature a calf is seen nursing from a human breast, calling to question our double standards- if this is bizarre, then why is it not when the roles are reversed?
The opening for my 2-person exhibition with photographer Lee Deigaard will be this weekend at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans. The event takes place during White Linen Night on Saturday, August 6th, from 5:30-9:30pm. Recent paintings from my In Our Veins series will be on exhibit in the Main Gallery through September 24th.