The Bird Catcher $10,400 Status: Available - Upcoming Exhibition
Mervin Singham Exhibition
Opening Thursday 11th August 5.30 – 730pm
Exhibitions Gallery, 20A Brandon Street, Wellington CBD
Phone 04 499 6356
The world has, and continues to go through unprecedented extraordinary times. The combined effect of the pandemic, rising inequality, environmental degradation and the war on Ukraine have created seismic shifts in people’s lives.
We sense an undefined global existential threat. The uncertain environment is precarious and leads to fear. When people are fearful, they display the darker characteristics of our humanity. Hatred, violence and despair have begun to manifest in ugly ways that cut to the core of who we are. The shadow of these events is long.
In my own moments of despair, I reflected on these unfolding times. It is easy to be overwhelmed by what seems unsurmountable.
Delving the depths of my soul, I found an unexpected glimmer of optimism about the world. I rediscovered my deep reverence for our humanity and the environment. This inexplicable reverence is spiritual. It is founded on the innate goodness of people and the omni-present compassion of the environment that nurtures our bodies and souls. I found solace in my realisation that eventually good will prevail over bad and that our humanity will be restored and made better by the scars of the past.
These hard times are but a bitter medicine for humanity. I have always believed that the best antidote to despair is action. My paintings are my action. This collection reflects reverence for people and the environment. It is my way of honouring the profound goodness that lies in each of us no matter how flawed we are, and in the damaged environment that will heal us despite.