Artwork / Crime Against Nature / Open Season, Closed Season (European Mole)

painting of a mole
Gwenn Seemel
Open Season, Closed Season (European Mole)
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches


This piece is a study in blacks, as is this one. 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.

Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image.

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.

wildlife painting by Gwenn Seemel
detail image