"Dead Bee," Tradigital NFT Artwork, speaks to Colony Collapse Disorder and the dying off of the bee population worldwide. These creations and other traditional art and exhibits stem from my investigation of how rising CO2 levels contribute to the die-off of bees. Researchers found that rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere from manufacturing have caused a dramatic reduction of protein in pollen. The lack of protein in this vital food source for honey bees has reduced their reproduction ability significantly. This reduction in bees will considerably impact food resources; bees help provide approximately 60% of man's agricultural foods.
TITLE: Dead Bee
TOOLS USED: Acrylic Paint, Graphite, Canvas, Computer
PRINT: Mono Print 36" x 45"
Drawing Currently Available for Purchase
TITLE: Earth VS. Alien Invaders
ARTIST: Edward A. Burke
MEDIUM: Graphite Pencil, I00% Rag Paper
DIMENSIONS: 14" x 19.5"
This drawing combines my love of vintage 50's science fiction films and uses it as a metaphor for our current global warming crisis. The genesis of the drawing is the science fiction movies of my childhood, as in "Them," giant ants spawned from radiation, and "The Day The Earth Stood Still," an alien visitor comes to Earth to stop us from destroying our planet.
In place of radioactive monsters or alien visitors, I inferred that Polyethylene plastic bottles are the same threat as radiation in those films. Of course, you could argue that these threats never came true in real life; however, we have Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Chornobyl. We lived under the constant threat of global annihilation during the Cold War and now.
A little story of my first drawing
I remember my first drawing in my bedroom at 444 49th Street in Brooklyn, NY, in the early nineteen fifties. I was lying in bed with a yellow-lined pad and pencil, creating a spaceship. The drawing included various equipment, helmets, oxygen tanks, ray gun, and provisions for my journey. My provisions included water, milk, puffed rice cereal, and, most vital: chocolate-covered graham crackers and pretzel rods to sustain me in outer space.
Truth be told, when I have trouble sleeping, I occasionally create a mental image of a spacecraft for a journey, much more detailed and sophisticated than that first drawing. However, I still include the chocolate-covered Grahams in the provisions.
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