The Flood



                                   Red Dory, Peter Graham, screenprint & oil on panel, 11" x 14", 2011.



                                                  



Pork, Peter Graham, screenprint & oil on panel, 12" x 16", 2011.







Cow Moose in Swamp, Peter Graham, screenprint & oil on panel, 16" x 12", 2011.







Rupertsland Migration, Peter Graham, screenprint & oil on panel, 24" x 12", 2011.







Good Neighbours, Peter Graham, screenprint & oil on panel, 24" x 12", 2011.







Teamwork, Peter Graham, screenprint & oil on panel, 12" x 16", 2011.







Encounter on Scotia Street, Peter Graham, screenprint & oil on panel, 24" x 12", 2011.





Observation, Peter Graham, screenprint & oil on panel, 16" x 12", 2011.




These works originated in the late fall of 2010 with my print Waiting For The Thaw, which was intended to commemorate the Year of the Rabbit.  When this region received some early substantial snowfalls, I began to consider their impact on the upcoming flood season in which we now find ourselves.  This lead to an increasing sense of anxiety on my part, and I came to question the wisdom of living on a floodplain. Why would humans put themselves in harms way? Was it ignorance, blind faith in technology, or just a series of historical coincidences that kept us tied to this city sitting at the confluence of two flood prone rivers?

I then began to consider the native wildlife of this region, and to recognize that they would have existed for thousands of generations here, seemingly in harmony with the natural cycles of the Red and the Assiniboine.  What possible lessons could we learn from them?

This series celebrates the common sense, perseverance, teamwork and patience of the animal world. These are attributes that we, the self proclaimed, most highly evolved race admire; yet we continue to falter in their achievement.