The Whole World, 2014
Bissell’s bears—contemplative and curious—seem to lead lives as complex and thought-filled as those led by humans. His paintings invite a sense of wonder and appreciation for our precarious connection with the natural world. The lead character of The Whole World seems equally mesmerized by the vast sky and the tiny butterflies and dragonflies, while soaking in a calm lake. You’ll fixate on a ladybug or two, some bees, a snail, a hummingbird. and a jumping fish while piecing together this 1,000-piece puzzle.