Fugere et illos oppresserat fames or Fleeing the Famine

Fugere et illos oppresserat fames or Fleeing the Famine

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From my You are Worthy drawing series inspired by medieval illuminated manuscripts, this scene shows a squirrel family seeking their fortune. Squirrel death threatens them during a great famine where many of the crops have rotted in the fields. Fortunately the squirrels find the strength to run off in search of food, soon finding it in the form of zucchini vines growing in a human neighbor's yard.

This piece measures 15 by 15 inches. The central image is colored pencil on decorative paper, and the border is colored pencil on tinted pastel paper. This particular piece contains a smattering of silver ink, but I tried to use it sparingly to represent scarcity. The central image has been lightly glued within the border. You can read more about this piece in the blog post I wrote here.

About the You are Worthy series: Each of these eight colored pencil drawings is inspired by medieval manuscript illumination and the struggle of medieval people. I tried to depict many different aspects of medieval life and society, including kingship, peasant revolts, famines, jousting, courtly love, monastic life, artistic life, and the plight of women. Gourds have long been vegetables associated with abundance, and rodents are generally seen as lowly creatures. In combining these two elements I aim to show that no matter how lowly one is they deserve abundance. Medieval life in particular was extremely harsh, even for kings, and few people living then thought they deserved much of anything. The gap between the haves and the have nots was extremely wide, making true abundance out of reach for most. I see the same thing happening again in my own country today. That's why I felt putting out this message was important. We are all worthy of abundance. He is worthy, she is worthy, they are worthy, you are worthy.

Of course abundance isn't just money. Don't treat yourself like a mouse. You also deserve love, health, friendship, and happiness.