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Insectatrek  –  2003

Watercolor, pen, graphite – 28 x 18

Homeless Ant People

When their homeland was destroyed, the elders said they must go in search of a new land.  So they gathered up their unborn, and their newborns, took their children by the hand and set off on what felt like an endless trek.  The barrenness they crossed was vast.  It stretched from sunrise to sundown, with sparse food in between and long spells before they came upon any water.  To keep their spirits up, when they clustered together for comfort and rest after dark, the storyteller pointed to the patterns of the Stars and told the old stories of how the Earth would always feed them and the water holes would never be dry for too long. 

One night, beyond the big mountains in the distance, they saw lights slashing the sky and disturbing the Stars.  What are those sharp lights?  The children wanted to know.  The storyteller said, I believe they are signs from another World, from some other People.  One child asked, Will they welcome Ant People there?  The storyteller pondered awhile before replying.   Let us hope so.

This work is a companion to the Antelope Anima – A Grassland Mask.  And also to Insecta Sensorium – A Vibrations of Life Mask.


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