• Lorna Scheepers

Gentle Giant

Updated: Jan 10

Oil on canvas

2016 24" x 30" x 1.75

About two months before I had visited Chicago for the first time, I had a very vivid dream.... I was on a boat in a very stormy sea. The boat was about to sink and the captain ordered each of the passengers on board to throw something overboard (like Jonah, but with a twist).

He lifted a lid on the deck of the boat. Below it, were severed heads of different animals, neatly packed in a circle. Each passenger had to pick one up and throw it overboard. When it was my turn to choose, I picked up the head of a bear, but when I was about to throw it overboard, he opened his eyes and stared at me with his gentle, pale eyes. I was not able to do it...how could I, he was beautiful and alive!

I did not know it then and it was only once I arrived in Chicago, that I realized the significance of the bear and how it would change my life.

An ever bigger surprise was when we visited the Adler planetarium, and discovered an public art sculpture installation by Ai Weiwei, similar to my dream of the heads of animals, placed in a circle, that I had months before.

The universe has spoken ....

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Lorna Scheepers

Yorkville, IL

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