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Origin of Fault line

Updated: Nov 11, 2022

Earthquakes both fascinate and scare me. I am on the East Coast where earthquakes, although possible, are not generally thought of as a big risk. The whole idea that active tectonic plates deep below us constantly move and bump into each other with the ability to ease tension or destroy is mind-blowing to me.

On a human level we each have our own fault lines that can adjust slowly to make us better or move too quickly, ready to take us down into the cracks. Our gut instinct, learned behavior, along with the desire to move faster and faster all collide on our fault lines, for better or for worse.

I am constantly in awe at the ability people have in active earthquake territory to calmly live in such a precarious mode. In truth we all live our lives in a constant state of unpredictability. We just don't acknowledge it most of the time. Good or bad things can happen at any time, in any place. Seeing people outwardly acknowledge the danger right in front of them while saying, "It's okay. I can live with that." shows a such high level of acceptance towards life’s uncertainties.

This is what the painting is about.

And I also like bright and foreboding red, with all it's crazy energy dancing all over the place.

- Shona

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