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Gail Potocki's Paintings Reflect Mankind's Relationship To Nature (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 03/05/11 11:55 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

Gail Potocki (1961-) is a painter whose art explores mankind's relationship to nature -- arguably, the most important issue facing the world today.

Potocki highlights this relationship in pieces such as "Opened Apples," a painting that demonstrates human wastefulness despite nature's abundance of offerings. Other pieces focus on more specific environmental disasters, such as the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, three-legged frogs, and overpopulation.

All captions and photos courtesy of Gail Potocki.

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Silence is a recurring theme in Symbolist artworks, communicating internal stillness and personal dialogue. In this painting, Potocki expands the idea to include silence as something we don't speak of: the environmental carnage wrought in nature through events like the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the chilling silence of the resultant landscape.
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