Margot Cormier Splane Visual Artist

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Internationally Award Winning Artist

Mom, Dad, Why?


Hand Pulled Serigraph ~ 18 Stencils

2020 ~ 4 x 6” ~ 11 x 16 cm

Edition 60, artist proofs 6

Ostrich meme an ostrich sticking head in sand as the chicks look around concerned about their future.

This ostrich meme is meant to be both amusing, and slightly alarming. The popular myth of an ostrich with its head in the sand meme, refers to people who simply ignore reality. They think that if they ‘have their head in the sand’ and therefore cannot see a problem, the problem will magically take care of itself. I frequently try to inject humor into my artwork. The ostrich meme is a message with a sugar coating. The Ostrich adult, or ‘Parent’ in this artwork has its head in the sand, ignoring any problems that do not immediately affect them. Meanwhile the chicks, ‘children’ are looking around, and realizing how very big a footprint their parents have left on the planet.

Ostriches lay their eggs in holes they dig in the ground. It is important to ensure that the eggs are evenly heated during the incubation process, so the ostrich parent will put their head in the sand and turn the eggs over periodically. This would definitely look like an ‘ostrich sticking its head in the sand’, and the myth about the ostrich arose from this unusual behavior.