Walrus

Walrus

The Walrus came up in a dream a few weeks ago and since then I've been on a mission to find out the deeper meaning of his presence, or rather, his eruption from the water in front of my face. They're not the most attractive of mammals, and I'll confess to seeing them as cumbersome and characterless before I bothered to read up on these ancient looking pinnipeds. I mean come on, they're not the most attractive of creatures, are they?

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Panda

Panda

I've been reminded of a set of animal design dinner placement mats I had as a kid. One had an image of koalas, another was a giant panda, and I had the hardest time deciding between the two of them. I never used to like my sisters having either of them and would have a major tantrum if I didn't get to choose first. More often than not, the panda would win. They're a beautiful member of the bear family, and although they look cute and huggable, they are capable of being aggressive.

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Magpie

Magpie

Having been plagued by the fuckers since moving to Wiltshire many Moons ago, there isn't any doubt in my mind that this superstition-riddled messenger was one of my animal totems for a period. I was living near Bristol when I came to view a house here, and on the way to the train station, I saw more than forty of them in a field. I knew that it was symbolic for me, but on that occasion, I wasn't sure of the actual message. It was The Magpies who deepened my interest in the symbolism that we can get from the animal kingdom, and I owe them a big fat thank you.

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Armadillo

Armadillo

seriously love armadillos although I have absolutely no idea why they get me the way that they do. Maybe I had a past life as a cactus or something, and I miss seeing them going for their moonlit walks? There are a number of species, and most people know of the nine-banded type, but my personal favourite is the Pink Fairy Armadillo which is much smaller and the most endangered. Not all armadillos can roll themselves into a ball which is the unique attribute of the three banded variety.

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The Plague Doctor

The Plague Doctor

I just spent a good half hour trying to find a particular image. It was a man and woman, one dressed in black, one white, stood in a field wearing the plague masks, but I failed….

It was a poppy (not a puppy) that caught my eye as I opened the curtains this morning, which then led to plague masks via correlations of death and the scent of flowers. And here we are….

I like all kinds of masks in art, but especially the dark ones such as these - gas masks are another, and whilst I’ve thought about the meaning of masks in general, I haven’t thought too much about why we might be drawn to specific types.

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