The progression of the 2020 covid pandemic has shown me the importance of making the most out of the little things and finding joy in what I would have taken for granted before. This piece is a result of that, and marks the end of a long journey of introspection and mental healing for me. I thought a terrarium would be perfect to represent a small, isolated and yet self sufficient world, thriving on its own energy without intervention or interruption from the outside world. Following up on this idea, the moon as a light source does not produce anything, but rather just reflects the light of the love and contentment the two men share as they sleep on the soil.
The choice for a gay couple is also not just a nod to my fellows in the LGBT+ community, but also an intentional move toward using male models in tender or aesthetically softer scenes, something that’s more often reserved for the female figure.
What you can see at the arsenale is a one time unique print of this work.