Animal Shield: Snake Hexagon
We are all in such upside down times now and the snake offers us much to learn. I mean, this animal transforms itself and sheds its skin to begin again!
Do you think the snake look back at its old husk with grief or does she simply move forward within her new skin? I see some animal lessons here, as we collectively move through 2020 and leave the old "normal" behind
I created Animal Shields this Spring/Summer, as Covid-19 swept the world and we were asked to Shelter In Place for our collective health & safety. I had moved out of my shared studio and was working on a folding table in my living room.
As we moved through the months, data indicated that carbon emissions reduced significantly as the roads were less traveled by cars and our skies had fewer airplanes. Polluted air cleared when factories (temporarily) closed. More people were recognizing that shopping local farms and small businesses was important to the wellbeing and livelihood of our communities.
It almost seemed possible that the earth could take a moment to rest & heal herself.
[Yes, I was trying to find a hopeful silver lining during these unprecedented and uncertain times.]
As you know, my art often features elements of the Natural world. During this pandemic time, when humans were causing less immediate damage to our earth's climate, I wondered how animals around the world were reacting when we stepped back from "normal" life. Were they potentially feeling more relaxed, brave, safe, and free?
This was the initial impetus behind creating my Animal Shields collection. The strong pull of Progress & Productivity is relentless in our modern world and it can remove us from quiet, grounding connections we feel in the presence of plants, animals, and the Natural world. There are lessons to be learned when we pay attention. Animal Shields are symbolic reminders to protect and connect with those that share this Earth with us.
About this Original
This mixed media original is 16" wide x 14" tall x 2" deep on museum panel. Each side measures 8 inches. It arrives ready to hang.