"Elevation: Mt. Rainier, 14410 feet" and "Elevation:The Dead Sea 1349 Feet Below Sea Level"

  • Diptych

These paintings give title to the show. The Dead Sea juxtaposes the painting of Mt. Rainier inverting the mountain triangle it draws attention to the fact that the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth and the continuation of the Great Rift Valley which extends north from Africa.

On the far shore is Jordan, the two hills in the foreground are meant to represent Israel and the West Bank (Palestine). The unusual greenish color of the water comes from the high saline content, approximately 10 times saltier than the ocean.

Point of comparison: Topography