This painting was the result of a study of mine into the ways in which the physical properties of various types of matter can be transformed. In this case the melting or “fusion” from a state of solid to one of liquid. The bear here is presumed to become one and “melt” with the water he is entering. I hope viewers will find this a fun metaphor for the “leap of faith” we must take, in order to transform ourselves and be one with the world around us.
– Robert Bissell