Tom Baumgartner – Mohavix


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Artist: Tom Baumgartner

Title: Mohavix

Medium: offset lithograph

Size: 11″ x 17″


Beyond symbiosis is the interconnections of an entire ecosystem. With this piece I was thinking about margins and targets. Margins of the senses, margins of territory, margins of safety. Margins are breached by predator and prey. Territories filled with targets of seed bearing plants and rodent trails. Safety is staying outside the margins and sometimes below the ground’s surface. I imagine these invisible zones growing and shrinking from minute to minute as creatures hunt and hide. Plants set up slower seasonal margins of fruiting and flowering, as well as being a home to birds, lizards, insects and rodents. If you can see these invisible margins, you realize the dynamic interconnections of the desert biome. The overlay frame is made of word processor icons: center, list and margin.

The Mohave Rattlesnake is the most venomous and hottest to strike of snakes in the Sonoran Desert. That being said, her symbiotic relationship with rodents is immeasurably important to the ecosystem. She is just doing her job very well.

Biography: Tom has painted in oil and drawn with ink for 30 years with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has lived in Tucson for 20 years and been actively involved with local arts organizations as well as the founder of Wee Gallery. A life-long nature lover, his art has a focus on the desert landscape,

Tom Baumgartner Exhibition History: 

A(maze)ing Maps and Legends 2016
Sonoran Symbiosis 2016
Desert Corridors 2017
Arizona Otherworldly 2018
Pollen Path 2019
Queen of the Night 2017, 2018, 2019
10 x 10 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019