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In Studio :

New Watercolours and Acrylics

2015-17

In our resistance to the idea of the suffering and annihilation of other species, even despite the emotional closeness we share with some of them, I suspect a kind of madness.

                                             B.A.


 

...“With their parallel lives, animals offer man a companionship which is different from any offered by human exchange. Different because it is a companionship offered to the loneliness of man as a species. … Such an unspeaking companionship was felt to be so equal that often one finds the conviction that it was man who lacked the capacity to speak with animals..”

             John Berger, Why Look At Animals?       

‘In the earliest of these [cave] paintings the subjects are almost all animal. … the elephant….; mantis…; the lion…; the leopard prince; the ostrich …; the craft jackal; the star-like lynx…; the hyaena…; all varieties of buck and antelope; “the people who sit upon their heels”; these and many more of what the Bushman called not beasts, birds and insects but “persons of the early race”, are there still accurately observed, inwardly shared and appreciated. ‘

                 Laurens van der Post, The Lost World of                                                           the Kalahari