Yonatan Ben Knaan

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Created Nov 2023

The king of snakes

Who is the king? Personified by a snake? An anthropomorphic transformation to challenges us with the inherent distinction between human and an animal, the snake... or was it a mongoose?

A digital painting of a snake's face, with multiple large teeth and it's tongue sticking out

The snake's expressive face, with its menacing teeth, suggests a level of intelligence and cunning that goes beyond its reptilian existence. Attributing human emotions and characteristics to a snake risks imposing our own subjective interpretations onto the animal. The snake, in its silent mystique, its true essence concealed beneath the veil of our anthropomorphic projections – reflects of our human tendency to love and hate the other, and to seek understanding in the unfamiliar.

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