The Tightrope Walker

The Tightrope Walker

The Bateleur

I’ve just painted this as one of the works for the upcoming 16 Days of Activism exhibition at The Eatery in Parkmore. It’s a female Bateleur eagle. I’ve always been fascinated by this species of snake-eating eagle, with its spectacular coloration, and if I were to choose a totem animal for myself, it would be this one. The text refers to Francois Le Vaillant, who first named the bird for its characteristic rocking flight, like that of a tightrope walker or acrobat. In so many ways women today are tightrope walkers, walking an uneasy line between competing demands and the dangers of a society where one wrong step can lead to calamity.

Invitation