In 2013, 36,000 elephants were murdered for their ivory. This year I intend to make 99 elephants a day. 99 elephants x 365 days = 36,000.
How will I accomplish this? As I launch this project I am making small one of a kind mixed media prints on paper, with gouache and ink – 2 ½” x 3 ½” – the size of Artist Trading Cards or ACEOs. Later on, after I adjust to the pace, there will be ink drawings in groups. And as the project rolls forward I cannot say exactly how it will look.
I do know that one facet of this project involves sending a third of the proceeds to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. Check them out! They rescue the orphaned elephants (and rhinos too), eventually reintegrating them into the wild. The DSWT has been able to save 150 infant elephants at this point. It may be too late to save the species from extinction in spite of all the press the ivory trade is getting recently… However, supporting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust will have the most direct impact from my studio in Pennsylvania.
The fourth person I told about my plans for this project asked, “Why would you do that?” And that is what I will be addressing with this blog, as I document my process/progress.