Claudius Phaedrus | Greek Hyena
Claudius Phaedrus | Seattle, WA
10 years ago I started to become fascinated by nature. I saw that a lot of artists were putting up art in the street and I thought that would be the perfect place to show pictures of nature, because in the city we are so far re- moved from it. I use newspaper because it’s easy to get, and it pastes onto walls very well. I also think it’s inter- esting to juxtapose social, and governmental, politics with nature, because they so seldom benefit each other.
Over the last few years this problem has become much more serious: It is commonly agreed upon in the science community that now, in 2016, we are living in the sixth mass extinction on Earth. We’re currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Literally dozens of spe- cies are going extinct every day. As many as 30-50 per- cent of all species could be extinct by mid-century. This is important because our ecosystem’s resiliency relies di- rectly on biodiversity. Some speculate that humans will not survive another hundred years if the current trends continue..
I don’t have any answers. But I hope at least my painting will help remind people and continue an open dialogue.