The Meek, 2003
This series of collage/drawings began with a concept concerning the Bible verses:
Psalm 37 verse 11:
"But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace." and
Matthew 5 verse 5:
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
This series of drawings starts with the premise that perhaps those verses aren't intended to be interpreted in the usual human centric perspective. Perhaps the meek are not the meek amongst us humans, but instead the meek among all the living, the small microbes, bacterium, protozoa, and viruses. For, who is more likely to inherit the earth? We assume it is the most intelligent, we assume it is us.
Perhaps instead, it will be the reign and the resurgence of the small things, the meek, the unseeable.
They have a longer history than any other living things on this planet and are surviving in the hot underwater springs of our oceans and underneath our fingernails. They adapt by increasing their numbers in the hopes that some will survive and in lifespans that are of no consequence to us. We fight them with antibiotics, sterilizations, pasteurizations, and soaps, trying to battle their ever increasing adaptation and claim to life.These drawings then are my interpretations of the renaissance of life on the planet, long after we are able to write them about, the age of the meek.