Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Star Thrower

The first one-woman show of artist Liza Flores opens with cocktails on October 27, 2008 at 1/of Gallery, Shops at Serendra, Global City.

Based on a popular environmental story, Liza created large and playful acrylic on archival paper art pieces (2 pcs at 30"x68", 2 pcs at 38"x30", and 1 pc at 62"x36") - made even more whimsical by glow-in-the-dark starfish. These paintings are going to be part of CANVAS' trio of short ecofables, which will be published and launched as a single children's book in February 2009.

Here's a sneak peek at her unique artworks:

(Author unknown, but the inspiration is widely attributed to the writings of anthropologist Loren Eiseley)

One day, thousands of starfish had washed ashore along a beach that a man was walking upon.

As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer.

When he got closer, he saw that it was a little girl and she wasn't dancing. Instead she was reaching down to the shore, picking up starfish and very gently throwing it into the ocean.

He called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?" The little girl paused, looked up and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean so they won’t die."

"Don't bother, dear," the man said, "There are too many starfish. It won't make a difference."

The little girl listened politely. Then she bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves.

She then looked up and the man, smiled and said, "Well, it made a difference for that one!"


Madley said...

This is a beautiful story, wonderfully illustrated. Looking forward to the book!

CANVAS said...

Thanks. :-)

Shalum said...

Love the artworks. Great color!:)