The Suffering Elephant, 2020
In my painting, ‘The Suffering Elephant,’ I tapped into a deeply moving story that I read on social media.
An elephant was allegedly fed a pineapple filled with firecrackers, causing a tragic and painful death. My artwork depicts her standing in a stream, attempting to soothe her agony, her ears flapping in distress. The throbbing flash at her chest represents her physical suffering, while the burdensome load on her back symbolizes the thankless tasks she performed in life.
Despite her pain, she remained gentle, even in her final moments, underscoring the unjustness of her fate.
Regardless of the story’s truth, it touched me deeply, compelling me to translate these emotions onto canvas.