Star-Nosed Swamp

A piece for Light Grey Art Lab's Swarm, an exhibition about finding beauty in the grotesque.

Swimming in the low wetlands of North America is a grotesque creature, tiny in stature but memorable in appearance. This odd underground dweller, the star-nosed mole, is the fastest known eater on the planet. Its cringe-inducing snout features 22 fleshy tentacles, allowing it to sniff out its prey of aquatic insects, earthworms and other invertebrates at breakneck speed. Unlike other moles, it prefers to live in a moist habitat and is one of only two creatures with the ability to smell underwater.

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Pen & Ink on Bristol, 2017