This is actually a condensed and long accepted version of Archimedes‘ words. It was really about the power of lever in physics. He actually said: Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand and I will move the Earth. But the lever has been dropped over the 2200 or so years since he lived and has come to signify something more than a statement about physical mechanics. It is an almost existential statement about the power of the individual in changing the world. The small somehow defeating the overwhelming forces set against them.
David versus Goliath.
David’s lever was the sling and stone he used to take down the giant. Every underdog has somehow identified a strategic advantage that has enabled them to triumph against all odds. Something that plays to their own strengths and magnifies their greater opponent’s weaknesses.
What is the lever you will use to move the Earth?
I call the painting above A Place to Stand after these words of Archimedes. It is a new piece that is a 24″ by 30″ canvas that is a very simple composition that relies on the juxtaposition of the single Red Tree set against a powerfully set sky that seems ready to overwhelm the diminuative tree. Yet, against all the elemental force of wind and weather that the sky can muster, the tree perseveres. It uses the flexibility of its trunk and limbs to absorb the wind and its bark protects it against the heat and cold.
It stands alone, without protection. Yet it stands. Just standing strong where you are is a lever powerful enough to change the world.
Perseverance is often its own victory.