Margot Cormier Splane Visual Artist

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Internationally Award Winning Artist

Pandora’s Trojan Horse and the Smell of Money


Acrylic on Canvas

2010 ~ 28 x 45” ~ 70 x 118 cm

Art about pollution features Pandora’s Trojan Horse and many industrial smoke stack surrounded by a protective fence composed of various world currencies.

Pandora’s Trojan Horse, is a series of paintings and serigraphs that I am working on depicting this magnificent evil beast, prancing along as he cuts a swath of environmental and climate devastation. There is no corner of the world, no matter how remote, that has not felt the human footprint.
When I was a child I remember all seven of us squeezed into the family car. As we drove over the bridge by the pulp mill with a lot of smoke stack , I always gagged, and my eyes watered. It smelled like everyone in the car had simultaneously passed wind. I would always look out the window at the pulp mill, spewing smoke into the air, and dumping effluent into the river. One day I asked my parents, “What is that terrible smell?”
“That,” they replied with a smile, “is the smell of money.”

This painting has participated in the following International and National Exhibits;
“At the Edge” Juried online Exhibit by Projekt 30, New York, NY, USA 2011
8th Annual Painting on the Edge, International, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, Canada 2010
SCA’s 42nd Open Juried Exhibit, National, Papermill Gallery, Toronto ON, Canada 2010
This painting has been reproduced in the following book;
International Contemporary Artists, Vol 1, ICA Publishing, New York, NY and Athens Greece, Copyright 2010