Body Swallows World
Pencil, colour pencil, acrylic on paper
46.4 x 72.4 cm
Executed with painstaking detail, Aurel Schmidtâ€™s Body Swallows World, pictures a fairytale landscape turned nightmare. Rendered in coloured pencil with acrylic paint highlights Schmidtâ€™s forest allures with the organic rhythms of vivification and decay, as thousands of tiny hand drawn bugs, worms, snakes, and creepy crawlies devour the scene. Reminiscent of Durerâ€™s The Large Turf or Arcimboldoâ€™s composite figures, Schmidtâ€™s drawing combines beauty and horror in its microcosmic embellishment, creating a sense of awe in its meticulous craftsmanship and allegorical subject matter.