Christine Major
Banlieue

2008

Acrylic on canvas
163 x 122 cm
2012.10
Gift of the artist

In the painting entitled Banlieue [Suburb] an elephant appears in the foreground, caught in a net suspended over a suburban area. The foreground and background appear to melt together mimetically as the similarities between the elephant’s skin and the drab colour of the buildings in the background become apparent. Divorced from any associations with the painterly depiction of animals, Banlieue instead invites reflection on the alienation of both humanity and the animal world. In an age of mass production, the elephant is seen as a victim of the brutal displacement of nature caused by urban development and sprawl.