Bad Seeds by Ana Schmidt

14th Annual ARC Salon (2019-2020)

Ana Schmidt

Bad Seeds


164 × 114 cm | 64 1/2 × 44 3/4 in

Acrylic on canvas

  • Second Place ($1,000 Cash Award) / Landscape

I paint dirty landscapes, artificial landscapes, with traces of time and of the people who inhabited or walked through them: crumbling pavements, broken walls, graffiti-tags.. - places that have outlived their original purpose, leaving only remains of human activity. I use the urban landscape to suggest human presence and intervention. Man´s imprint is more than apparent in Bad Seed´s composition, because it depicts the nature of humankind´s existence as expressed in forms of urban development, usage and wear. The location is nondescript, a modern city where all we see are sections of power lines, factories, fences, walls.. In the middle of this almost abandoned space a small plant, a seemingly surreal subject, emerges eerily between the wall´s cracks and a puddle: a Bad Seed or a glimpse of hope?