Artist: Elisabeth Ladwig
Medium: Photo Collage on Watercolor Paper
Dimensions: 27"h x 18"w
Limited edition of 17; piece is framed and ready to hang. Also available unframed. Limited editions available in 3 other sizes.
"We live among black bear in our area. Our yard is a regular route from one water source to another, with the occasional stop at our pear tree in late Summer. This image is called 'Truce' for a couple of reasons: 1. bears can be a heated topic of local debate (some support education and legislation as a means of peaceful coexistence; others move to extend the hunting season); and 2. if coexistence is to ultimately prevail, there must be a mutual respect and understanding between human and bear. For example, never ever feed them." Elisabeth Ladwig
"Truce" shows a surreal and evocative scene. A young woman stands in the center of a desolate, expansive field. She is dressed in a flowing black dress that reaches down to her ankles. Her head is tilted downwards to her side, and her hair obscures her face from view. In her hand, she holds a bright red apple, which provides a stark contrast to the overall muted tones of the environment. A bear is to her right and a little in the background, facing her direction but with its head down in a peaceful posture. In the background, the skies are overcast with clouds, which adds to the moodiness of the scene. The horizon is faint, blending with the gray overcast sky, and there are subtle hints of sparse vegetation. Above the woman and the bear, two birds can be seen flying freely. The overall atmosphere of the artwork is one of contemplation, solitude, and a connection between the human figure and the natural world. The style of the art is digitally composited, with a dreamlike quality and a focus on texture and tone to evoke emotion and narrative.