A Friend in Need

sometimes we all need a friend to lift us up

8x11" / alcohol-based ink on bristol cutout with a handcut background of botanical papers

A Friend in Need

illustration featuring a purple elephant with decorative mandala-like saddle and body paint and a garland of marigolds around its neck, using its trunk to lift a mouse with a flower mandala on its back; the elephant stands on a sheaf of wheat against a yellow circle, while the mouse is framed by a blue circle. The background is trisected by a tall, narrow black rectangle running almost all the way from top to bottom of the image.

inspired by the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha —>
traditionally depicted with mouse (legendary foe of elephants) underfoot or as mount —> removal of obstacles through the mastery of fear —> through a lens of compassion becomes nurturing instead of conquering, a different kind of overcoming by lifting up
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