Sheep have been a companion to humans for thousands of years. They provide us with everything we need – food, clothing, milk, warmth, companionship, shelter, musical instruments – and yet what do we think of when we think of sheep? Most of us think boring, white, fluffy, gentle animals who do not think for themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth! Like people, sheep come in all different shapes and sizes, colors, and personalities.
Like people, sheep like being connected to each other and living in community – and they are each unique as individuals. I am fascinated by the interplay of outer appearance and inner self – our exterior as a reflection of our interior and vice versa – how much we judge and make assumptions based on appearance and the dream of reaching unity in the diversity. Inside Outside Sheep celebrates the uniqueness of each one of us. We are better as a whole when each one of us is able to radiate out what makes us special inside. What’s your inner sheep?
I love making art that is fun and colorful – and makes people stop and see the beauty, wonder, and fun in everyday life and objects. I make sheep in lots of different media – paintings, prints, drawings, and small sculptures – and love how they make me laugh as their personalities emerge. When I’m not working or hanging out with the sheep, I illustrate children’s books and publish coloring pages for kids every week on my blog www.sophieandsadie.com.
See more of my art at www.rachelgordonart.com.