When I first began planning out this painting I had initially wanted to make this snow leopard into a stuffed wall mount. As I was painting though, it seemed the idea was too over the top and lacked the intellectual challenge some of the other paintings have. An ear tag was just a concept that came to me and originally had a number painted on it. The number; however, added something viewers could read too much into whereas a blank ear tag leaves you pondering.
Barcodes are a symbol of consumption and commerce because we see them on nearly everything we buy as we check out, at least in stores. This is why I titled the painting a literal barcode as in a series of lines that vary in thickness. Our impact and presence is felt almost everywhere as we leave a trail of bread crumbs where we visit. Only instead of bread crumbs we leave trash, devastated habitats, or polluted waters and lands. We are attempting to turn our actions around which is a great! Hope is key and the future is dependent on what those actions are.
This painting is now available as a limited edition print. You can find it in my shop!