Ecological Anxieties As Surreal Paintings

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There is something unsettling in many of the paintings of Alexis Rockman.  His work typically depicts the natural world – wildlife of different sorts in locales as varied.  The scenes are surreal as strange groupings of animals converge on a single canvas.  However, some sort of order appears to be breaking down and a chaos not often found in nature seems to be gaining ground.  Rockman’s paintings illustrate a wider ecological anxiety over our troubled world.  In a way he uses his paintings as a form of protest.  The work becomes a powerful expression of deep concern that is easy to feel.