Glum Rhinoceros  Art Print

Art Print

Glum Rhinoceros

by Alexandra Davidoff

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At the CITES conference in Bangkok, Fundisile Mketeni of South Africa's environment ministry says it's time to talk about calling for a lifting of the ban on selling rhino horns, dubbing such discussion "rhino-conomics". Lifting the ban to make way for the legal sale of horn as an answer to stop the illegal slaughter of the rhino may remove the use of the term 'illegal' and replace it with 'legal', but at the end of the day that only leaves us the same problem with the addition of a few South Africans gaining wealth from the resulting business. Poaching is killing. Killing, legal or not legal, is killing plain and simple. There is no difference between legal slaughter and illegal slaughter and no solution to the controversy when part of the problem is that the people in power aren't really addressing the problem with logic in mind. When did the world get so illogically heartless?

Drawing with a basic 2HB pencil. Number 2 in the "Grey Fauna" series. See them all in detail here:

My intention with this series is to show these fantastical creatures in a serene fashion, drained of all colour. Using only a simple writing pencil to draw them is my way of making a statement against what I feel may be one of the culprits responsible for why so many of these creatures are facing a troubling decline in number on our planet. That culprit being humanity's burning need for acquiring more than they really need, better known as greed. The stress humans have put upon these creatures though pollution, habitat destruction, and in the case of the more exotic creatures, trophy hunting, all stem from humanity's unquenchable thirst and hunger to have what they don't need to have. Humanity's always testing limitations, and while that makes for promising technology, it doesn't serve nature well at all. How does this relate to a basic drawing tool, you ask? The key is in the word "basic". By drawing these animal portraits with a basic tool I'm challenging myself to make use of simple resources while suppressing my hunger to reach for the fabled "more". As a result, the series became more intimate and emotional, and maybe a little sad to reflect my feelings for the animals themselves.

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