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Streams in the Wasteland: Brother Wolf - Arctic Wolf by Josh Tiessen
  Streams in the Wasteland: Brother Wolf  (2015)
Subject: Arctic Wolf
Dimensions (inches): 48 x 24 x 2
Medium: Oil on Braced Baltic Birch
Description: I have become increasingly drawn to Eastern environments, and envisioned juxtaposing an arctic wolf in a Mughal-styled minaret. The architectural elements and geometric patterns in this prayer tower delineate expert design and craftsmanship. I first encountered the Arctic Wolf at Park Omega in Quebec, and was struck by its nobility and force, although for many cultures and religions the wolf has been symbolic of deception and terror. I interpreted my Arctic Wolf's snowy pure coat as a sheep-like fašade for its actual ferocious demeanour. The blood around his mouth and on his paws subtly indicates his darker nature, both literally and symbolically. I happened to be studying St. Francis of Assisi while working on this painting, and came across the story of his encounter with the Wolf of Gubbio. As an ascetic mystic who had a thaumaturgic relationship with the natural world, Francis was summoned by the city to stop an infamous wolf from relentlessly devouring animals and people. As the wolf charged, Francis made the sign of the cross and commanded "Brother Wolf" to do no harm to him or the people. The crowd stood in wonder when the wolf immediately shut his mouth and came peacefully as a lamb to lay at Francis' feet, never to harm the people again. Whether true or apocryphal, this story brings to mind those causing terror in our present world, those who courageously stand against them, and the need for peace that passes all understanding.
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Edition Size: 250



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