El Sonido del Agua (The Sound of Water) by Diego Glazer

14th Annual ARC Salon (2019-2020)

Diego Glazer

El Sonido del Agua (The Sound of Water)

2018

120 × 60 cm | 47 × 23 1/2 in

Oil on canvas

  • Honorable Mention / Still Life

This is definitely the most challenging still life I’ve painted so far. This piece represents the point at which modern humans developed higher cognitive abilities than our tree dwelling ancestors. While those who stayed in trees ate mostly fruit and leaves, depicted at the top of the painting, one theory suggests that those who made their way to the shoreline evolved larger brains thanks to finding and consuming seafood such as shellfish and crabs, becoming omnivorous. This is referenced by the variety of shells and boar jaw in the mid and lower part of the piece. To me, this indicates a great sense of adaptability in living beings and shows how the drive for survival and the surrounding environment of a species takes it down a unique evolutionary path. While executing this piece, my paint application was very layered. Meticulous rendering is visible in parts, while others show expressive brushwork.