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Zoonotic Tonic
2021
Oil on canvas
30x36 inches

Available Friesen + Lantz Fine Art

Zoonotic: A zoonosis (zoonotic disease or zoonoses) is an infectious disease that is transmitted between species from animals to humans (or from humans to animals). Covid-19 is believed to be a zoonotic disease.

Tonic: an agent (such as a drug) that increases body tone; one that invigorates or refreshes; a carbonated flavored beverage.

Whatever your “tonic” may be or has been (wine, the vaccine, both?) during the current “zoonotic” pandemic, this series explores being human in the age of biotechnology.

Brownell’s work focuses on primal questions about food--from how it is grown to how it functions as a signifier in society with a particular focus on scientific invention. If we are what we eat, then we can look to our food, how it is processed, shared, and consumed, for clues about ourselves, and what we may become. Suspect food markets that may start zoonotic pandemics, drug and vaccine development, and new research into bio-hacking photosynthesis in leaves, to name a few, are recent considerations in Brownell’s investigation to reexamine and re-envision the traditions of the painted food still life as a faithful representation of nature.

In this new series, Brownell adds leaves to her vocabulary of spiraling, clusters of organic food matter to inspire a new color palate and point symbolically to the notion of transition. As our society moves from one form to another, and not only the shape that contends with a global pandemic, this series celebrates our collective mutation
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