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The squonk is a mythical creature from American folklore. Legend says the squonk is so ashamed of its hideous appearance, it hides deep in the forest and spends much of its time weeping. Hunters report that when captured, squonks dissolve into a pool of tears. I have used the story of the squonk as a metaphor for the age of catastrophic extinctions we live in and, as human beings, are responsible for. My painting shows various species (thylacine, dodo, quagga, Carolina parakeet, baiji river dolphin and great auk) being swept off the planet by a tsunami of squonk’s tears. Also included are species at imminent risk of extinction: tiger, polar bear, Panamanian golden frog. Maui’s dolphin and okapi.
The story of the Squonk is told in song by Genesis on their 1977 album 'Trick of the Tail'.
watercolour on 300gsm fine art paper