Bad Seeds by Ana Schmidt

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Ana Schmidt

Bad Seeds

2019

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 out- lived 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 Seeds' 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?” – Ana Schmidt