The Shape of Things to Come

The Shape of Things to Come


Adrian Hatfield

(Ferndale, MI) 

Acrylic and oil on canvas 

My work is fueled by anxiety about our current environmental crisis, and it reflects an attempt to view these events through the lens of geologic time. I may experience enduring dismay at the prospects of rising oceans, shrinking agricultural production, increased natural disasters and mass extinction, but I also recognize that the processes of life and evolution will continue with or without us. New ecosystems will emerge and new species will thrive. I find this process inspiring and beautiful, as well as a bit comforting in the face of potential disaster. I try to convey both the dread, the splendor, along with the absurdity of human inaction in work that samples and recombines elements from art history, illustration, and pop culture.