My most recent paintings address issues about the environment that point to the too often unknowing consequences of convenience, technology, and consumerism. The paintings continue in the tradition of using art as a civilizing instrument for social and cultural reform. By recontextualizing and re-presenting works of Old Masters through the use of historical visual references, titles, frames, techniques, and materials, I want to draw parallels between early religious iconographic themes and present day environmental concerns in hopes of raising questions about man's current relationship with the natural world. In doing so I want to challenge society's faith in current religious and corporate (capitalist religion) institutions as well as mythologies about the value of many of the conveniences offered by technology: setting the stage for a potential new perception(s) and change(s) in behavior.

© 2012, Ron Rozzelle