Earthjustice has partnered with the Creative Action Network calling on artists to create a body of work in honor of the embattled gray wolf. The campaign seeks to debunk negative stereotypes of the wolf, portraying the species in a playful, uplifting way and celebrating its status as an icon of the wild.
“My design was based on my own reaction to several encounters with wild wolves. In each case, I was struck by how much a part of the landscape they were, how they were just one of many indispensable aspects of the ecosystem. If you watch their behavior close enough, you get a sense that nature is rarely wasteful. I think there is a lesson in that.” Artist interview
“For my ‘Join the Pack’ design I wanted to depict the wolf as a wild character. I wanted my wolf to look cool, strong and wild, without seeming fierce and threatening, so I chose to interpret the quality from a more human perspective. The idea of a biker came to mind instantly—after all motorbike gangs, like wolves, travel in packs.”
“With humans encroaching on wolves' natural habitat, I liked the idea of a wolf who has adapted by adopting human practices, specifically a hipster who focuses on appreciating nature and a return to certain pre-modern practices. It is a reminder that while it is a funny concept, we humans should be mindful of our impact and seek to protect these incredible animals.”
“On a trip through Northwest Canada and Alaska, I was drawn to the way in which wildlife, and wolves in particular, were incorporated into Native art and storytelling. I wanted to honor the wolf and create something that payed homage to the art, beauty, creativity and respect for nature I experienced on that journey.”
“There´s something about wild things that really attracts me. They have amazing instincts. Wolves are wild creatures with a heightened sense of society and team work, they care about their pack like big families. That’s really impressive.” Artist interview
“Hay algo de las creaturas salvajes que realmente atrae: su increible instinto. Los lobos son seres con un gran sentido de la vida en sociedad y el trabajo en equipo, su manada funciona como una gran familia, eso es muy impresionante.” Entrevista con la artista
“The wolf is a kindred spirit. It’s not the fastest or strongest animal but, in my opinion, the wolf most closely reflects the values of courage, comradery and loyalty that we as people hold dear. It was an honor to be part of a campaign to help convey those concepts and bolster support for a species still in need of our protection.”
“I wanted to make a howling wolf in a setting with mountains, a full moon and a forest. I make pop-surrealism, so the mountains look a bit like melting popsicles, and the wolf doesn't look scary at all. A friend commented that it looks like the cover of the movie Jaws, but that wasn't my original intention.”
“‘Le loup retourne toujours au bois’—literally ‘The wolf always returns to the woods’—is an old French expression that means we always go back to our roots. At its most literal interpretation, the proverb pays tribute to decades of conservation efforts to reintroduce the wolf back to the American landscape.”
Join The Fight For Wolves.
This crowdsourced art campaign comes at a time when congressional leaders seek to strip protections from gray wolves and other endangered species. We must all #JoinThePack to ensure the survival of this icon of the wild.
Politicians in Congress are attempting to prematurely remove protections from wolves and subvert the Endangered Species Act, one of the most effective laws of the land.
Continued endangered species protections are critical to securing the recovery of wolf populations.