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kangaroo with joey

Gwenn Seemel
Choice (Red kangaroo)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

The palette in this painting reminds me of the one I used in the first half of this diptych from 2006 and 2007. 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.

Girls can control the development of babies.

Female red kangaroos give birth after just thirty-three days of gestation. Tiny and blind, the newborn must crawl through the fur of its mother’s abdomen to get to her pouch, where the baby can suckle and continue to develop. The female may become pregnant again almost immediately, but she can pause the development of the fetus until the joey in her pouch is further developed.