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Art of the Month: Don’t Go Into The Tall Grass by Danyka Van Santen



Art of the Month is a recurring feature that highlights the visual arts work of UFV students. In conjunction with the Visual Arts Student Association (VASA), The Cascade chooses the works of multiple artists to be featured each month. To submit your work, please send an image, 50 word bio, 150 word artist statement, and image list with titles, mediums, sizes, and dates of creation (must be within the past year) to Limit of three submissions per person, per month.

Selected works may be displayed at The Cascade lounge, in room S2111 of the Abbotsford UFV campus. The deadline for submissions is October 25.

Don’t Go Into The Tall Grass
By Danyka Van Santen

Artist statement:
This piece was inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. In this novel, a scene is depicted in which a velociraptor, the dinosaur in the drawing, is illuminated by a flash of lightning. The book was written so well that it implanted an idea in my mind, which I mulled upon for months. I debated whether I could truly capture the shock and horror of the original description, but in the end, I chose to take a leap of faith. The piece took me a total of four and a half hours to complete. The title of this drawing was inspired more by the movie rendition than by any similar lines in the book. A character in the film yells those specific words to warn the other individuals on the expedition not to risk the path through the tall grass, for he knows what dangers lurk within. Both book and movie truly inspired this drawing.

I have been drawing, painting, and working with any medium I could get my hands on since I was about three years old. That’s not to say that I practice often. In fact, it is the opposite of what I do. I tend to go weeks without creating anything substantial, and by pure luck I turn out something that I am pleased with. So far, luck has stayed on my side.

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