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two male giraffes necking

Gwenn Seemel
Separated (Giraffe)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

The background landscape in this painting was something I first experimented with in 2006 and 2007 with this series. Before that, my compositions were much simpler, but, by 2008, I was making pieces like this one. To learn more about the making of Separated, 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.

Other times, boys and girls live in separate groups and don’t see each other very much.

As with most ungulates, giraffe females and males live in separate herds most of the time. Cows work together to raise young, while bulls forage in bachelor herds.