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two clownfish

Gwenn Seemel
What really happened when Nemo’s mother died (Clownfish)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

I probably would have painted clownfish for this series anyway, but it seemed especially important to do so since they’d been so uselessly misrepresented in that well-known children’s movie. That said, I’m not always correcting a wrong against science when I make art about kid culture. To learn more about the making of this painting, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

Boys can become girls.

When a clownfish female is removed from her anemone home, the male turns into a female and one of the couple’s young becomes a mature male. The new pair continues to breed in the same anemone.