Friday, August 12, 2005

Dolphins Join Artists' Swelling Ranks

Add dolphins to the ranks of creatures slapping paint across canvas.

On June 22nd I wrote about Congo, the chimp whose art allegedly hung on Picasso's wall, and the Thai elephants redefining themselves as artists after losing their livelihood in the forest industry.

Now it seems that Lithuanian dolphins are exhibiting 30 works of abstract art at the Gallery of Pranas Domsaitis in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

The mother-daughter duo formed by 13-year-old Gabia and seven-year-old Premia are not only prolific; they are also patriotic, with a noted preference for the colours of their country's flag.

The questions remain: Is it art? What, if anything, does this reveal about the creative process?