For this week’s phoneography challenge by Sally at Lens and Pens, I’m submitting a photo of an intriguing painting by Cody Erickson, which explores the complex relationship between man and nature. Cody Erickson’s work, “Consolation” was selected as an Art Prize 2013 entry by the Grand Rapids Art Museum. In the artist’s words, “…the landscape serves as a stage. On this stage, the relationships between how one’s leisure defines oneself and a culture are displayed …” I especially love the winter colors contrasted against the white snow and the hunter’s dramatic pose–part watchful, part reflective.
Even after living in Michigan for several years, we are still struck by the role that hunting plays in the Midwest culture. A tradition passed down from generation to generation, hunting serves as a rite of passage for sons and daughters. More than a skill, it is a point of pride for many people and also helps define their identity.
Cody Erickson is a contemporary fine artist who earned a MFA from Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also a part-time professor of figure drawing at College of Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan, where he earned a MFA. To learn more about his work, click here.