First Person: Monthly feature from the perspective of the artist


Eileen Moderbacher’s series, Panta Rhei is beautiful. The blues are full of movement and depth. The story is there but left for your interpretation.

The series has a concept explained by the artist below. Fault, pictured above is on exhibit in March.

PANTA RHEI: Everything Flows The image of the pony express rider symbolizes perpetual motion—the perpetual motion of progress—un-stoppable, never-ending, never even getting tired. When the horse does become tired it simply gets replaced, and there is great symbolism in that, too. It was through the pony express that this huge space across North America was connected, with messages getting passed fast enough to ensure the insistent growth of this country and the insistent spread of the European and Puri- tan philosophies. It is the front-runner or the scout that runs ahead of the mass of people that then come to overrun the land like locusts. The work buzzes of ‘bigger, better, faster, stronger’—never stop, never surren- der—the total subjugation of the beast by the human, and the domination of the land by the human. I like the idea that if the pony express had been kept active and ridden on through time without changing, this insane and surreal landscape that I am working with would end up becoming its surroundings. In a way it is saying that if we fail to adapt and change our ways to show more respect and more patience with life and the earth, then the earth will be forced to adapt by churning out these new postmodern landscapes. In regards to the environment, global climate change, and species extinction, the palm trees in icebergs and the pony express rider are symbols of America at its progressive epoch—moving ahead with the “American Dream” ever faster, spinning out of control. The pony express rider, if he kept on riding, would be embroiled in this mess that we have today.

Eileen Moderbacher, Unstoppable