Verdant Man

The green man figure is a symbol that humans are a part of nature too. Can you believe some people need to be reminded of that? Look at him- He’s half man and half plant! He’s a centuries old reminder that balance with the world’s ecosystem is important in order for all life on Earth to flourish.

And the devastating consequences for upending this stability? Hello! Its climate change and increasing disease. Ugh. Bloody Covid-19 springs to mind.

Yup. With the corona virus pandemic, these environmental issues were racing around my head, and it seemed obvious to design my own Verdant Man linoprint using green ink.

The Green Man is found in many cultures as an ancient motif for rebirth, new growth and Spring. He is a symbol of optimistic new beginnings. Does that mean I can be hopeful that the global community will emerge from this shitty pandemic with changed behaviour? I doubt it. I know, I know, I’m a grumpy old pessimist. Sorry.

Published by MStraccia Art

I create original folk style relief prints and illustrations by hand.

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