Auribus Teneo Lupum
During the Spring of 2020 I started this suite of artworks, which metaphorically addresses the pressing social, political and ecological issues currently faced in our planet. It counterpoints Abstract Expressionism and Figurative Realism, symbols of the Roman empire and images of endangered animal species, as a metaphor of the polarizing dichotomies and processes that equally threaten the balance of political structures, and the natural environment.
The title Auribus Teneo Lupum (holding a wolf by the ears) quotes a line from Phormio (c. 161 BCE), by playwright Terence. Also a popular proverb in Ancient Rome when referring to an unsustainable situation.