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148 King St. E. Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada

 

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Meerkat Manor

Oil on Braced Baltic Birch 24” x 15” x 2”

 

Once a gathering place for civil discourse by day, dance and revelry by night, this baroque ballroom has long been deserted for larger modern structures. Two diminutive escapees from local safari handlers have gladly taken up residence [i]. Perched on the reclining sofa, a plump Meerkat ponders contentedly, while a spry youngster leans against the arm to survey the garish pink hall, festooned with crystal chandeliers and trimmed with gilded crown molding. How the ancient prophecy from Isaiah rings true, “Surely the great houses will become desolate, the fine mansions left without occupants” [ii]. In the world of Streams in the Wasteland the tables have turned: improper rule by homo sapiens has given way to animals of the earth having dominion over the remnants of human civilization. For the Creator chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; and the weak things of the world to shame the strong [iii].

 

[i] Building inspired by St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto, Ontario. Meerkats represent two Capybaras named Bonnie and Clyde, who escaped from the High Park Toronto Zoo in 2017.

[ii] Isaiah 5:9

[iii] 1 Corinthians 1:27