The allegorical lawnboat trade reconstructs the history of the Hawaiian sandalwood trade: trading lawns for sandalwood. An endemic species for a non-consumable alien plant.
This undermined the resilience of the population by forcing farmers and fishers to collect sandalwood, which led to starvation and death. The planting of lawns over the next 200 years has been an ecological disaster, resilience just one of many. The moon is a comment on the absurdity of planting golf course lawns.
The painting is on a folded and weathered unlucky lottery card found on a daily walk to my studio in Southwest France. Tossed cards are the unlucky ones. Probabilities make millions of these tickets unlucky. Ironically this card is for supporting the "patrimoine" of France.
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