Mount Alvernia High School, Newton, Massachusetts
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Caroline Chaves
The Plight of the Elephant
Although my artwork started out as simply a painting of an elephant, it has turned into more, and took three-quarters of the year to complete.Painted in acrylic, thestyle pulls from the Impressionistic realism of Chuck Close with my own Impressionistic spin.The elephant himself feels strong. He is solid and complicated,represented by the many patterns in his skin. Although his outward appearance is sturdy and leads the audience to believe he is in control, his eyes reveal pain. The bloody color of his iris corresponds with his periloussetting. Like many elephants, although they are gentle creatures who think, communicate, and mourn just as humans do, he and his family are poached for their ivory tusks. The Plight of the Elephant focuses on the wounded nature of their habitat . Elephants are extremely intelligent creatures, who communicate with the slightest move of their trunks or bodies. In this image, the trunk is raised in a position that is a signthat he detects danger. In addition, the way he is holding his head high indicates that heis making a valiant effort to communicate to his family of the coming threat: humans.