Artwork #88

Bindu Viswanathan

A Timeless Symbiosis

Acrylic and small mirrors on canvas, 2017

Created for the Center for Disease Control's December 2017 cover of their journal "Emerging Infectious Diseases" to depict zoonoses. The motif of circles connects humans and animals, since circles have no beginning and no end, like the interdependence of humans and animals. At the center is the germ of life, and concentric circles show domesticated animals, bats and birds interspersed with human stick figures engaged in agrarian activities. Surrounding the outermost circle are small human figures drawn in the Warli Indian tribal style of art, keeping vigil, because we hold the key to preventing the spread of zoonotic infections.