Isabelle du Toit
Current Works (All works are Oil on canvas)
"Mercy" - 48 x 64 inches
"Empathy" - 48 x 60 inches
"Mercy" talks in part, about our self absorption while animals are taken to the brink of extinction. In this case by the Asian market believing in false medical benefit, and wanting to show off their wealth. (The horns of Rhinos are made of keratin the same as our hair or nails... Nothing of any medical benefits at all) I think the killing of Rhinos are not just an African problem, they are a world heritage! What parent or grand parent has not bought a plush Rhino or a baby book about African animals, or taken their children to a zoo and not delighted in seeing children's reaction to these animals?
Empathy is about our treatment of Orangutans and wildlife. I ask how we would feel if the roles where reversed?
"Aspiration" - 30 x 40 inches
This is a Blue-footed Booby, I feel we should aspire to be more like wildlife, only take what we need to survive and leave the rest untouched.
"Choking Hazard" - 36 x 48 inches
Chocking Hazard asks us to rethink how we treat the African continent. The West and Asia come into Africa, take the resources at the detriment of wildlife and nature which in the end will be the downfall of the people and their future generations.
"Oceans" - 36 x 48 inches
"Oceans" looks at our relationship with the oceans of the world . If we do not look after our oceans we do not look after ourselves. If it suffers, we suffer and if it dies, we will die too.
"Coal" - 36 x 48 inches
While living in Texas, agreements to build more coal powered plants were put in place just before new 'clean' power plant legislations were put in place. We proclaim our love and care for our children and grandchildren but do nothing to make their future better.
"Oil" - 36 x 48 inches
This is for all the animals that died and are still dying as a result of the gulf oil spill disaster.
"Overpopulation" - 36 x 48 inches
"Resources" - 48 x 60 inches
Overpopulation is the elephant in the room no one wants to talk about. Almost ALL of today's problems could be resolved with a worldwide decrease in population.
Most wars are about resources...
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