This is a drawing I submitted for the St. Leopold Friedenspreis in 2014, which is awarded by the Stift Klosterneuburg. I was one of the finalists for the prize. I am still proud of the nomination, and think the drawing should have won. In fact, the dean of the monastery bought the drawing because he loves old maps, and the curator of monastery’s art collection told me that the dean is giving it to the Pope! No joke.
In the time that I drew this, thousands of immigrants were dying in the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, they still are. But this was a time when the world finally started to take notice, partly due to the sheer number of deaths. If you look closely at the “waves” around the islands, you can read direct quotes from survivors, helpers and politicians.
The World Is Too Much With Us
Acrylic and watercolor on paper, 57cm x 76cm.
I painted this for the St. Leopold Friedenspreis, 2016.
A man has turned his back on the heavens. He is “out of tune” with everything beyond our man-made world. He has been stripped of his worldly possessions. The mists of the earth’s atmosphere envelop him and he will disappear forever without a trace left in the clouds floating gently by. As Wordsworth said, “he has given away his heart.”