I had the incredible privilege of visiting Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in January of this year. Walking and even sleeping among the giant land tortoises for which the Galapagos Islands are named was truly humbling and awe inspiring. They have no natural predators there, and have been known to live up to 400 years. You can look into their eyes and anthropomorphize very easily. They seem to be wise old souls, with a sense of humor. Once home and in the studio, I discovered they’d bored their way into my mind on multiple levels. With intention, I began to explore their form, and their old man faces.
Next thing I knew, the psychological metaphors had hijacked my brain and I was off and running, with the many possibilities having a protective shell offers. “Courageous, with a Backup Plan” is one of the more playful renditions that emerged.