Uprooting by Randalf Dilla

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Randalf Dilla

Uprooting

2020

91.44 × 121.92 cm | 36 × 48 in

Oil on canvas

  • Honorable Mention / Imaginative Realism

The fast growth of population requires demand of development and infrastructures. This will result in expanding cities and creating new places for people to live. This situation is continuous and unstoppable and will cause the conquering of nature. Building structures, roads and new cities means cutting trees and destroying the animals’ natural habitat.
In this painting you will see a tree lifting from the ground inside a building, symbolizing how we dominate nature. The birds flying, following the tree, means animals are looking for their new habitat. You can also see a young woman kneeling looking up, concerned about the future. The concrete slab floor is inspired by the design of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany, but in this painting, symbolizes how many trees we sacrifice and get cut down for building infrastructures. This work is not against progress but encourages a balanced environment for nature and development.