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Why The Wolf?
The question should arise why the wolf was seen as the subject for a project following completion of a Creative Arts degree. I recognise that the wolf stands today as a symbol for many of the issues relating to conservation and preservation of the wilderness.
In Scotland, history reveals one reason the forests and woodlands were destroyed was by hunters determined to eliminate the threat of the wolf to their community. Reforestation is now an important issue.
"even my own observations of the wolf pack at the Highland Wildlife Park and exhibition at Edinburgh Zoo highlight the concerns for bullying and oppression in contemporary society"
|Many of the stories and myths surrounding the wolf
were created to symbolise the injustice in human society; Little Red Riding
Hood relates to the increase in sexual crime of an early Victorian Society;
The Wolf of Gubbio, from the Middle Ages, indicates the churches concern
for thievery and robbery, even my own observations of the wolf pack at the
Highland Wildlife Park and exhibition at Edinburgh Zoo highlight the concerns
for bullying and oppression in contemporary society.
In North America, re-introduction of the wolf to the Rocky Mountains has seen opposition from landowners, ranchers and wolf-haters - a negative attitude that has spread as power, control and greed have become a ruling element and influence of westernised progression.
In the United Kingdom, there may be little hope to re-introduce the wolf, but there is presently a programme to bring back the beaver in a controlled environment. This is the first large mammal to return and success of this may set the precedence for the wild boar, the brown bear and perhaps, one day, the wolf will return (under the current EC directive for endangered species).
Awareness of these concerns have developed during my research as an artist and as it is believed that art can further the educational purpose, create awareness of contemporary issues and personal concerns, and serve a moral good.
The wolf, therefore, proves to be an honourable and inspirational subject for Creative Art.