Lola Whitecalf Houghton
Introducing my wonderfully talented niece – artist, fashion and costume designer, actress, thinker, writer and all round awesome girl. This is a lino cut that she made when she was 12, and gave to me yesterday as a birthday card. I think it's amazing. Here's what she says about it:
"The deer is part of the wild. It's looking at you with kind, friendly eyes. It's in the North Pole, in its habitat and everything is flowing.
At the top is the northern lights, and in that space is a pair of eyes. The eyes are like the Spirit of the Arctic. The eyes are looking at you, weary but also nice. Weary because the polar ice caps are melting due to global warming. The Spirit of the Arctic wants people to know they are being watched. It's like a call to action, as if they are saying "I expect you to do something about it."
The whole thing is summing up this feeling of what's happening with the polar ice caps because of global warming, and the effect that is having on all the animals who are losing their habitat."
I'm planning to do more posts on Lola's work as I think she is a true artist. Watch this space…