Love the Giraffe

Michelle Curry's avatar Michelle Curry

”Love” is a noun, her name…encompassing her miraculous nature, rare, wild, strange, and wonderful. She is all encompassing, wise, and foolish…serious, and funny… beautiful and ugly…proud and humble…vulnerable and guarded…soft and strong... A mass of contradictions, she is multicolored, yet black and white. She is horned, maned, wizened with wrinkled eyebrows, camel-like and spotted. Giraffes are the tallest ruminants on earth, and only the females have hairy ossicones, the growths on their heads. Her hair is dancing in the breeze as she challenges the sky with her majestic height. The clouds drift in a beautiful blue sky, lending both whimsy, and a carefree freedom to the painting. Love can be a verb, an action, “to love.” Do we love her? The perspective is slightly like that of an eye, or bubble. The viewer seeing her up close, her neck is foreshortened, to emphasize that this is a face to face meeting. Giraffes are listed as “Threatened/Vulnerable” on the Endangered Species scale. A part of our world’s animal-kind, like many others, quickly vanishing... The Serengeti, her native environment, is listed as one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of Africa." The scene here is one that can be found there, although the acacia trees are placed for optimum composition in the painting. This work of art took 6 months, and over 500 approximate hours to complete. Love can be a verb, an action, “to love.” Do we love her? The “Viewer,” you, who can read a painting… implies relationship. It communicates the need for care. Our world needs Love. Love for our natural world, Love for the creatures who exist here, and Love for our fellow human beings. “All you need is love…love is all you need.” –The Beatles.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 3/8
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Width: 4 feet
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 4 feet