Rattus Rattus | 8"x8" | gouache & watercolor on paper
light grey art lab
A small painting for "CALAMITY: Hexes, Prophecies & Plagues", a group show I curated at Light Grey Art Lab.
When the Black Death decimated the population of Eurasia in the 14th century, scientific and medical knowledge was not advanced enough to understand that disease could be caused by microscopic bacteria, carried by rodents like rats and transferred to humans by flea bite. European societies may had inadvertently paved the way for the plague when they exterminated tens of thousands of the rat’s dominant predator: domestic cats, who they feared were connected to witchcraft and satanic practices.
All hail the ship rat, changer of worlds!
Gouache & watercolor on paper with metallic gold gouache accents.