Will this be the last Dance of the Sepia?
May 27, 2010
My little series of Magial Creatures will certainly not save the world nor initiate any change but nonetheless I am not going to stop talking about the crimes mankind is doing to its environment and ALL living beings in it.
This morning I found another email from Greenpeace in my mailbox and I will not stop to distribute the messages accordingly. People need to know and people need to be made aware what’s going to happen if we continue like that. Even if I risk that you won’t read my posts any more because what I am saying is already oozing out of your ears but it is necessary for my own peace of mind. And maybe for yours as well. Maybe it will somehow reach those who make the decisions, maybe it will make one man’s belief turn around to push the right buttons so that a tragedy such as this in Lousiana NEVER EVER happens again. We must believe that it can be done because otherwise…
Imagine a world without living beings, without birds, without the pets we love, without all those fascinating and beautiful creatures we may never see in reality but in documentations and pictures. Do we really want them to become just that? Documentations? Memories? What a sad world that would be!
Many wonderful adventures have become retrospections for me at the moment but they are an inexhaustable well of inspiration. So are the creatures of the sea. Most people will not be able to see what I have seen – therefore I think it is the most important to show what might escape our conscience. Therefore sealife centers and aquaria are important although I do not like to see animals in captivity but sometimes there is no other possibility to educate people and specifically children because they are the only hope for changes before they are brainwashed to become part of a senseless society.
Therefore I am painting momentos from memory and imagination. These images are close enough to reality and thus hopefully leading to further interest and observation of the “real” living being and finally to an increased awareness towards the environment.
40″ x 13″, silk
To the fascinating sea creatures belongs the family of the cephalopods which are octopus, squid, cuttlefish (sepia) and nautili.
Here are some astonishing facts about cephalopods (from Wikipedia):
“Cephalopods are widely regarded as the most intelligent of the invertebrates and have well developed senses and large brains.”
“Cephalopods are social creatures; when isolated from their own kind, they will take to shoaling with fish”.
“Some cephalopods are able to fly distances up to 50 m. While the organisms are not particularly aerodynamic, they achieve these rather impressive ranges by use of jet-propulsion; water continues to be expelled from the funnel while the organism is in flight.”
Their camouflage abilities are breathtaking. Not only can they change the colours of their body within less than a second but also the outline of their bodies, creating warts and excrescences which let them merge completely with their environment. Especially their colour changes fascinated me most about them – so this silk painting came into existence.
Cuttlefish specifically are reminiscent of dancers of a ballet in their tutus for me but also their breathtaking colour patterns remind me of the costumes of an opera.
In the following detail photos you can see what I tried to achieve. But as many colours you have on your palette it is nonetheless impossible to copy nature…
But for how long will these beauties still exist when the oceans are polluted, the surface of the water covered with spilled oil as it currently happens in Lousiana? Is this really the future of this planet? We probably won’t know in our lifetime. But what about the following generations? What do you want for your children?