This Limited Edition Digital Print, ‘Je suis Cecil’ (I am Cecil) has been inspired by the Death of Cecil the Lion by Walter Palmer, an American recreational big-game hunter that was tracked and killed Cecil on 1st July 2015 in Hwange National Park , Zimbabwe. Cecil was a 13 year old Lion and was the Pride and Proud father.The label has been inspired by a similar tagging of ‘Je suis Cecil’ on one of the Lion’s at Trafalgar Square, London, highlighted on the Satirical UK TV show ‘The last Leg’.
There are similarities been the shooting of Cecil the Lion and that of the shootings at the Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, France on January 2015. Charlie Hebdo is a French Satirical magazine featuring cartoons, jokes, politics, culture and anti-racist. After the death of the publishers of Charlie Hebdo ‘Je suis Charlie’ was adopted as a motto, by supporters a free speech and freedom of expression.
Within this work, I have adopted the motto ‘Je Suis Cecil’ to highlight the juxtapose between Cecil the Lion & Charlie Hebdo, with Freedom of Speech. Following from my previous work of Satirical Canned Can’s, dated 2009-2012, I have used a Can to depict the Caging and Confining of Animals. Within the background the Green represents the National Park with the Blue Sky above.
The Digital style of the piece has been influenced by work of Michael Craig-Martin and Julian Opie with the strong use of outline colours.
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