Margot Cormier Splane Visual Artist

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Internationally Award Winning Artist

Born into a Bad Neighbourhood


Hand Pulled Serigraph ~ 23 Stencils

2023 ~  4 x 3 ” ~  10 x 7.5 cm

Edition 54, artist proofs 5

lizard art ~ an Iguanas hatchling emerges from its shell surrounded by snakes and has to run for its life

In this lizard art the hatchling has just emerged from its shell, and is frozen in place. The snakes surround it, and are trying to locate it. But they do not see well. The young lizard will be detected as soon as it starts to move!

One day my daughter showed us an amazing chase scene from a BBC documentary narrated by David Attenborough. That was the inspiration for this lizard art. The snakes racing after the just hatched iguana, was as exciting as any chase scene that I have seen on TV.

On one of the islands in the Galapagos, there is a relatively small area of sandy soil, the rest of the island is quite rocky. This island is inhabited by both iguanas and snakes. The adult iguanas are safe from the snakes, but the tiny babies are not. The only place for the iguanas to lay their eggs in the sand, and there is not a lot of that on this island. Somehow all of the snakes know when the iguanas are about to hatch, and gather around to wait.

The iguana hatchling emerges from its shell, and seconds old, it is in a life-or-death race with the snakes. The hatchlings are faster, but they are vastly outnumbered. To survive, they must make it to the higher rocky ground where the snakes cannot follow.