Betty Kovacic Art

The ABCs of Diversity

ABC of Diversity Collection

Water = Life

Acrylic paint, Plexiglas, acrylic collage on repurposed copper sheet.

72″ x 36″

$3500

 

Insects ABCs of Diversity Collection

Insects

 

Acrylic paint pens, acrylics and Plexiglas, on salvaged copper sheet attached to a wooden frame.36″ x 21.5″

$1,375

 

Reptiles ABCs of Diversity Collection

Reptiles

Acrylic paint pens, acrylics and Plexiglas, on salvaged copper sheet attached to a wooden frame.

36″ x 24″

$1,550

 

Amphibians and Freshwater Fish ABCs of Diversity Collection

Amphibians and Freshwater Fish

Acrylic paint pens, acrylics and Plexiglas, on salvaged copper sheet attached to a wooden frame.

24″ x 36″

$1,550

 

A ABCs of Diversity, Collection

 A

Acrylic, mixed media and India Ink Monotypes on rice paper collaged on canvas.

20″ x 24″

$1,100

 

B ABCs of Diversity Collection

B

Acrylic, mixed media and India Ink Monotypes on rice paper collaged on canvas.

20″ x 24″

$1,100

 

C and D ABCs of Diversity Collection

C and D

Acrylic, mixed media and India Ink Monotypes on rice paper collaged on canvas.

36″ x 48″

$2,800

 

E and F ABCs of Diversity Collection

E and F

Acrylic, mixed media and India Ink Monotypes on rice paper collaged on canvas.

36″ x 36″

Sold

 

G and H ABCs of Diversity Collection

G and H

Acrylic, mixed media and India Ink Monotypes on rice paper collaged on canvas.

24″ x 36″

$1,550

 

J, K, L and M ABCs of Diversity Collection

 J,K,L and M

Acrylic, mixed media and India Ink Monotypes on rice paper collaged on canvas.

36″ x 48″

$2,800

 

Birds ABCs of Diversity Collection

Birds

Acrylic Paint pens, acrylics, and acrylic transfer attached to Plexi-glass, on salvaged copper sheet attached to a wooden frame.

23″ x 36″

$1,450

 

Sea Creatures ABCs of Diversity Collection

Sea Creatures

Acrylic Paint pens, acrylics, and acrylic transfer attached to Plexi-glass, on salvaged copper sheet attached to a wooden frame.

20″ x 36″

$1,275

 

Small Mamals ABCs of Diversity Collection

Small Mammals

Acrylic Paint pens, acrylics, and acrylic transfer attached to Plexi-glass, on salvaged copper sheet attached to a wooden frame.

22.75″ x 36″

$1,420

The ABCs of Diversity

Dependence of Living Creatures

The ABCs of Diversity expresses my passion and concerns for creatures facing extinction and the Earth.  Firstly, As stewards of this planet, I believe that we have a duty, perhaps even a sacred trust to protect the Earth and all her denizens.  Through this project I endeavour to express the fragility and profound beauty of the relationships and dependence between all the living creatures.  Secondly, I hope to bring attention to beings whose very existence hangs by a precarious thread.  Most importantly I endeavor to provide an opportunity for dialogue, communication, and empathy.

Knowledge Inspires Expression

The “ABCs of Diversity” references my earlier work. Many scientists believe that the Earth has already begun its sixth mass extinction. This catastrophic process threatens not only humanity but the continued existence of other species. Paul Ehrilich of Stanford University, along with co-researchers and authors Gerardo Ceballos, of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Anthony D.  Barnosky, of the universe of California at Berkeley, Andre Garcia of Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Robert M. Pringle of Princeton University, and Todd M. Palmer of the University of Florida, conducted the study and wrote the paper “Accelerated Modern Human-Induced Species Losses: Entering the Sixth Mass Extinction,” published in the journal “Science Advances” in 2015.

According to the authors this extinction will not be caused by catastrophic events such as meteor collisions or volcanic eruptions.  Instead, the culprit is humanity.  Increased human population, along with the demand for resources has put a huge unsustainable strain on the Earth and her environment.

The numbers are staggering.  Instead of “…nine vertebrae extinctions that would be expected to occur in normal geological circumstances since 1900, their conservative estimate adds another 468 extinctions spread among mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish,” Zan Zalasiewizc wrote in The Guardian.

Understanding and Process

The elements of this work carry much symbolic significance. Triangles, which include a circle within, or,  are divided by a line, are ancient forms representing Earth, Air, and Water. The text is an element through which I explore aesthetics such as pattern, transition, and colour contrast.  It also signifies communication, or perhaps, the lack thereof, between people and Nature.  The text, which is written in Old English Gothic, alludes to illuminated manuscripts which were once created to both preserve and share knowledge. In this work, it lists the names of endangered creatures. These paintings safeguard the image of each being while symbolically disseminating information.  Gold leaf, was another important element found in illuminated manuscripts.

The figure, denuded of all identifying factors, excluding gender, becomes the everywoman/man found in other art forms. Their role in these paintings are ambiguous.

 

 

 

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