Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Tick-Tock" 6x8

Oil on Panel 6"x 8"

This clock has been floating around my studio for a while. I’ve held off on painting it because I knew that, when I did paint it, I wanted it to be more than just a painting of a clock. It finally struck me last week. I adding a few ingredients and was able to take this clock from humble timepiece to representing a perception.

This is my take on the Doomsday Clock. The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face, maintained since 1947 by the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at University of Chicago.

Originally, the analogy represented the perception of how close the threat of global nuclear war was, but since includes climate-changing technologies and "new developments in the life sciences” that could inflict irrevocable harm. The closer the clock is to midnight, the closer the world is to global disaster.


Blogger Mona Diane Conner said...

Can you describe what you mean by representing a perception?

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Elle St. James said...

Clever! And the Doomsday clock ticks on...

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautifully painted: i love the lighting from below and the shadow inside the clock, the time has its connotations and the symbol suggesting 'lay off' or something is ticking as suggested by the title...r.

11:46 PM  
Blogger m collier said...

Thanks Mona for the question. I have added a little more information on my blog.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

M. This painting is wonderful! The subject matter is very intriguing and it is painted beautifully!!! You never cease to amaze me.

2:32 PM  
Blogger This Painting Life said...

I have this thing about clock paintings...'tis wonderful...I need to go and count my pennies! Love it M!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Don Coker said...

Very cool concept, and its execution is wonderful!

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant painter and idea!

fellow artist

6:10 AM  

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