Body Swallows World
Pencil, colour pencil, acrylic on paper
46.4 x 72.4 cm
Executed with painstaking detail, Aurel Schmidt‚Äôs Body Swallows World, pictures a fairytale landscape turned nightmare. Rendered in coloured pencil with acrylic paint highlights Schmidt‚Äôs 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 Durer‚Äôs The Large Turf or Arcimboldo‚Äôs composite figures, Schmidt‚Äôs drawing combines beauty and horror in its microcosmic embellishment, creating a sense of awe in its meticulous craftsmanship and allegorical subject matter.