Dust, ink, gum arabic, and honey on panel
59 cm x 59 cm
A derecho comes from the Spanish word with the same spelling that means ‘straight’. In English, a derecho is a widespread, long-lived wind that moves rapidly in a straight line and is associated with a series of severe thunderstorms. Downburst clusters may be embedded inside the storm. Derechos can strike suddenly and cause great disruption and destruction, making it a perfect metaphor for these times.
The drawing itself features the flow of winds through Asia in May 2020 and dust collected in Japan as a natural pigment, indicating those winds. Spring winds in Asia will carry toxic chemicals, soot, and other pollutants along with dust from the Gobi desert, causing health problems for Zacharias and many as well as causing havoc for industry.
Visual/verbal Canadian artist/editor/translator in Japan. Analogue in a digital age.