Pierce’s new series of lurid, large-scale acrylic paintings depict the regeneration of a post-industrial world. At the core of this vision is the ecological theory of bioregionalism, which mandates a redrafting of the world’s borders to reflect and preserve natural systems. Unlike many apocalyptic visions, Pierce’s is both bright and dark: the survivors face hardships, but the resiliency of nature is relentless.
Pierce's work, inspired by Jerry Kosinski’s classic Holocaust novel The Painted Bird, utilizes Kosinski’s dark and violent text to form visual corollaries from a post-global warming environment. Ryan Pierce is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.