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"<a href="https://www.artistsforconservation.org/virtual-exhibit/12053/artist/1555/artwork/gaming-shrew-13712">The Gaming of the Shrew</a>" by Josh Tiessen | Canada

The Gaming of the Shrew

Wallhanging by Josh Tiessen
11.00" H x 17.00" W
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Black and Rufous Sengis
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Elephant Shrews create elaborate mazes in the forests and deserts of Africa, in order to lose predators who are unfamiliar with their labyrinths. The name “Elephant Shrew” is a misnomer, as they are neither an elephant nor a shrew. The more technical name for these insectivorous mammals is “Sengi.” Not surprisingly, they are related to aardvarks and elephants, accounting for their trunk-like noses. I chose the Black and Rufous Sengi subspecies for their colourful coat, which would also inform the colour palette for the painting. Creating a concept sketch for this work, I envisioned the scene of an epic chase: an intrepid young male shrew racing from a predator and catching air off a cow skull like a bucking bronco, while a shy female wisely and creatively hides herself away from danger in the skull’s eye socket. The title for this work is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play. However, unlike the negative association with a shrew-like wife, I put on a positive spin reflecting the cleverness and comedic charm I see in these tiny creatures.



The Gaming of the Shrew | Wallhanging by Josh Tiessen | Artists for Conservation 2020

2023 Artists for Conservation Exhibit Book