We invited Penelope Bodry-Sanders, LCF Founder, to contribute
a painting for the 2012 calendar. She is working on a “Lemur
Mourning Series”, the first of which, Mongoz with Crinoid and
Hair, is featured on the calendar.
The series was inspired by Victorian mourning pieces
memorializing the deceased with a lock of his/her hair. So too
the paintings remind us of collectors' cabinets that were all
the rage in Darwin's time, a time that celebrated the marvels
and oddities of the natural world. So many species were
discovered during that era, including lemurs, and today lemurs
and biodiversity in general face unprecedented risks of
extinction, a disastrous consequence reflected in the series.
NOTE: Hair used in these art pieces was opportunistically saved
(or collected) during routine annual physicals.
Penelope has explored art in many media throughout her adult
life: she was a Broadway actress, a recording artist, a
nightclub singer, a published author, a silk painter, and a
collagist. Her work was shown in galleries in Soho, NY, CT and
most recently, a juried show in Sarasota, FL.
In her retirement, she intensifies her pursuit of artistic
expression in service of animals undervalued or loathed, mostly
hyenas, lemurs and invertebrates, following the belief noted by
Aristotle that in all animals there is something marvelous and
beautiful and they deserve to be studied and cherished.
Suitable for framing, LCF's limited edition
calendars are beautifully printed by the letterpress debossing
process on heavy 100% archival rag. They measure 11" x 17" to
which our reproduced artwork (9" x 6.75") is affixed.
$75.00 +$4.95 (USPS priority mail shipping per
address) Total = $79.95
($62.00 is tax deductible).