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Collaboration – Originality
of Translation – 2nd Place
SoJie 12, August 2011

Traditional Art – Honors
SoJie 12, August 2011

My translation of Jason Weigner ’s amazing photograph Bolivian Monkey Tree Frog for the purposes of Sojie 12 is complete!

Working on this artwork has been a challenging and very enjoyable learning experience – and once I settled into the idea of producing what felt like a ‘commission piece’ (i.e. a work with expectations attached to it rather than springing forth from my usual spontaneous creative approach), I was able to relax and have fun, and the spontaneity happened anyway!

I’ve incorporated a number of Bolivian elements into the piece: the frog itself is like a living Bolivian mascot to me, decked out in the colours of the Bolivian flag and winding its way steadily through the wilderness, free and unfettered, just as it should be. I detest seeing beautiful creatures such as this in captivity: even the most cursory glance at the caged cousins of this splendid, vibrant creature will illustrate how sad and limited their lives are by comparison. So for me, this artwork celebrates the magic and wonder of freedom in nature…

In many ways this also seems to me to tie in with the fate of the Ayore and other indigenous peoples, as the World encroaches upon their freedoms and seeks to take away their rights to live freely upon and move freely through the landbase into which they were born – rights that we here in the ‘western world’ lost long, long ago…

In no particular order, you may or may not spot:
Ayore basket-weaving patterns, a rare Chiquitano orchid, the colours of the Bolivian flag (and the frog!), Quecha folk-art figurines, a Diablada mask (you may have to work quite hard to find that one!), lots of dots and stripes…oh, and one very special but also thoroughly ordinary Bolivian Monkey Tree Frog!

(All frogs in this area of Bolivia are known to the locals simply as ‘Rana’ – the Spanish word for frog. ‘Cocoi’ is the Ayoreo word for frog, the Ayore being the indigenous people with whom Jason works…)

Original art by Jay Taylor.
Acrylics, acrylic inks, UniPin fineliner pens and collaged objects on 10″ × 12″ canvas-covered board

An expressionistic, exploratory artist, I create without restraint or intent. I am a passionate advocate of natural learning, and this organic approach informs all of my work, giving my creations their vibrancy and spontaneity. An abiding love of nature keeps me going when my rather warped sense of humour fails. Above all, I reject the dysfunction and pain our culture perpetuates. More of the same is of no interest to me. I say “YES” to that which is life-serving: let a new paradigm emerge!

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Comments

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholover 3 years ago

    Absolutely, stunning, Jay, I really love it! What a wonderful translation. Jason must be thrilled.

  • Hi Sue – thank you!! Jason does seem to be really pleased with it, much to my relief :o)

    – Jay Taylor

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 3 years ago

    OK, on the Sojie page I said this is really cool.
    In fact it`s MASSIVELY cool.
    I love how you stayed true to the translation of the actual subject, but gave him a totally amazing out habitat that harkens to his species origins.
    This is the highest level of artistic interpretation, and I am truly blown away!!

  • Wow, this one really seems to have struck a chord :o) Thanks so much for your lovely comments, billyboy – I am really touched by what you wrote :o)

    – Jay Taylor

  • maria paterson
    maria patersonover 3 years ago

    Jay, such a thoughtful creative art piece, love it

  • Thank you, Maria, that is really nice to hear :o)

    – Jay Taylor

  • Randi Antonsen
    Randi Antonsenover 3 years ago

    love it!

  • Hi Randi! I am really happy that you love it! :o) You have been such an inspiration to me – I was very nervous about this project, but your shining example made me braver :o)

    – Jay Taylor

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 3 years ago

    A beautiful and wondrous piece of art. Love it.

  • Thank you so much, Lisa :o)

    – Jay Taylor

  • AsEyeSee
    AsEyeSeeover 3 years ago

    This really must be viewed LARGE to appreciate all the intricate and special details! Wow… so artistic and creative…. ! Congratulations to you both on a brilliant pairing of talents.

  • Thank you! :o) There was rather a lot of detail work…! so I agree that viewing it larger is probably a good idea :o) It was such a pleasure to paint, with the Little Green One for company – and Jason was a big help: for sure, quite apart from capturing the incredible original picture, his involvement with and obvious love for Bolivia encouraged me to reach out and connect with the image in a more in-depth way than I might otherwise have done :o)

    – Jay Taylor

  • subhraj1t
    subhraj1tover 3 years ago

    Its splendid!!! I LOVE it!!!

  • Thank you, Subhrajit! I’m glowing :o) (but not green, though!)

    – Jay Taylor

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 3 years ago

    Jay this is brilliant! I adore your wonderful translation! Pure magic!

  • Thank you, Robin – it truly feels really magical to me, too :o)

    – Jay Taylor

  • Susana Weber
    Susana Weberover 3 years ago

    Fantastic, Jay!!

  • Thank you, Susana! :o)

    – Jay Taylor

  • Michele Meister
    Michele Meisterover 3 years ago

    Great work Jay ( wonderschoen :))

  • Vielen danke, Michele :o)

    – Jay Taylor

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