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painting of two macaques

Gwenn Seemel
Girl power (Japanese macaque)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

I don’t often paint subjects—human or otherwise—with their eyes close like I did above, but it happens now and again. To learn more about the making of Girl power, 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.

Some girls just prefer girls to boys…

Female Japanese macaques often form consortships, exclusive sexual pair-bonds with other females.  These associations last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, and they play an important role in the social dynamics of a species with a complex dominance hierarchy.