Commission for Client.
I was thrilled to be able to do something a little different than I usually get commissioned for. Not enough people ask for the “non poplar” animals, which are actually the animals with dear reverence in Aboriginal societies- so I was excited to take on this project.
A Crested Toad does battle with an Armed Snake.
Each is juxtaposed to another- the Toad seizing the Snake from the back, all the while the Snake has the Toad by the foot.
I decided to use the mandela shape as the base for the image- simply because I wanted something that could symbolize the unity between two bodies at war- that is a paradox in itself. I also wanted to get that strained confining feel by trying to have everything “fit in the circle” that could also reflect the strain and the physical labor of a confrontation.
This has become a favorite piece in my neck of the woods. I’m considering to make a few more based on the same concept, as they are proving popular with the crowd here.