Solitary animals

September 4, 2011

Often, Monte would depict solitary animals in their environment as if it they were unaware of being watched.  It has previously been noted, Monte based many of his pieces on things he had observed in nature over his lifetime.  Also, one aspect of his portrayal of singular creatures possibly comes from his belief, while nature is a collective environment of land, water, air and all living things that exist, at the end of the day, he understood the history of life is also reduced to the story about the survival of a single creature in nature’s battlefield.

Monte would frequently point out, “unlike man, nature wastes nothing,” and in these pieces, it appears he was trying to emphasize that each creature was in fact, important and did matter.


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