Original Art by Dr. Graziella V. DiRenzo Acosta
The Amphibian Scream
Walking along a path, the city on one side, the fjord below. The frog feels tired and ill. They stop— the sun setting, and the clouds turning blood red. Suddenly, they realize that the figures walking ahead are zoosporangia of the chytrid fungus— known as the amphibian-killing fungus.
Media: canvas and oil pain
Terror in eye of the Beholder
The historic phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, literally means that the perception of beauty is subjective. In the case of amphibians and the chytrid fungus, the phrase, “Terror is in the eye of the beholder,” can be subjective or objective, given the rise in species declines and extinctions. In the painting, the viewer sees an amphibian eye with a zoosporangia, the fungal stage that produces propagules to infect other, as the pupil.
Media: canvas and acrylic pain