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European mole

Gwenn Seemel
Open season, closed season (European mole)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

This piece is a study in blacks, as is this one from this series. As interesting as these are, I think this work from 2006 plays with the dark the best, especially in the portrait all the way on the left where the shadowed face meets the background. It’s more visible in the first detail image here.

To learn more about the making of Open season, closed season, 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.

While during some parts of the year some girls don’t have vaginas…

It used to be believed that all European moles were male through their first year and only then did some become female. This bit of folklore stems from the fact that, outside the breeding period, the female’s vagina is sealed with a layer of skin. Since the female urinates through a structure which closely resembles a male’s penis, it is impossible to sex moles by looking at these parts during certain times of the year.