Lizard Boogie-Woogie

There is so much beautiful and intriguing wildlife in Florida, sometimes it is deceptively beautiful. The inspiration for “Lizard Boogie-Woogie” began with an article about the various types of Lizards found in South Florida.  Unfortunately, it has been found that some are not indigenous to the region and have begun to prey on the ones that are.  These predators, often more exotic and intriguing than the local guys, are reaking havoc on the balance of the eco-system.  Most of the invasive species have been introduced to the wild by people who have owned them as pets and then release them into the wild when they can no longer care for them.  As they breed, their populations can sky-rocket out of control. 

 The detail picture of the lower right frame of the artwork is from a diagram of the various lizard species found in South Florida.  Meandering through the piece is a carved print I made of a lizard, moving in and out of the various frames.  The geometric grid pattern of the two frames was used to contrast with the natural habitat of the larger lizard, who meanders in and out of the sea grape leaves.  The title “Lizard Boogie-Woogie” has a double meaning.  The grid pattern and the painted  squares are an homage to Piet Mondrian, famous for his grid paintings such as “Broadway Boogie-Woogie”.  The meaning more relevant to the artwork had more to do with the dance between lizard with lizard, indigenous and invasive, man and nature.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Villar
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 22:33:54

    Andrea,
    I loved this piece you called “Lizard Boogie Woogie and how you incorporated the different types of lizards into your work. As natives of Florida, we are accustomed to seeing these little creatures running around outdoors as well as indoors,
    sometimes bobbing up and down as if they’re dancing. So, your title calls to mind the activity that we witness. We are fearless of them as opposed to our northern friends and family who regard them as horrifying critters. Our environment provides us with an understanding of them as well as an intriguing interest in their actions. You captured them well in your work.
    Linda

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    • Andrea
      Jul 27, 2011 @ 23:07:22

      Linda… I know what you mean about non-Floridians being horrified by them. I think when I moved to Florida I felt the same way! I forgot about them bobbing their heads… some kind of mating dance I think. Glad you enjoyed it.

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