This engraving highlights the tusks of the elephant, which I represented in gold, since they are priceless. Instead, they do have a price, even if they are expensive and are taken from the killed animal. Unfortunately, according to traditional Chinese medicine, the tusks are indicated for many uses that apparently would still justify the illegal trade and the extinction of the animal that owns it. In any case it seems that the world will have to do without the elephants tusks one day. There will be no more around.
Animals are once again protagonists of my art and their shapes are celebrated by my graphic sign and by gold. The blood represents a clear image of death. The blood is real and in this case it is mine. This is important, because fake blood wouldn’t have symbolically the same power than the presence of the real blood of the artist on the paper. Each copy is in this case even more unique than normally.
Etching, 50 x 35 cm, 2015