The figure-scapes portion of the series explores themes of decay, metamorphosis and rebirth. A female subject is present in each painting. “Throughout Western art, the female figure has been used … to represent certain ideas and philosophies — liberty, justice,” says Pearson.
After viewing the original Star Wars movie at age 7, a local writer and actor found the course of his life impacted by the film’s imagery and storyline. On the eve of the next Star Wars release, Jeff Messer recounts his personal history with the cinematic franchise.