In Memory of Satao

I just finished the last of the six large elephant “masks”, this one being the largest, and made after my trip to Africa in January. The piece was going to be entitled, simply, “Satao”. But in the process of its making, Satao was tragically killed by poachers, his beautiful long tusks butchered off his face.

Completing the piece after his death was painful, but as the last piece was stitched on, I realized how much strength he gave me to complete it at the same time.

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