Created as part of the "Death and Rebirth" series in collaboration with Joanne Bolen. August 2016
The wolf was largely inspired by the theme of interconnection, drawing information from recent
studies demonstrating how the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone National Park has immensely
revived the ecosystem. They are viewed as shapeshifters of their environment. As wolves entered the
park, they began to hunt the elk. In turn the elk began to wander as they grazed among the willow trees.
Prior to the re entry of the wolf, the elk would simply remain stagnant in one area and eat all the
vegetation of that area, reducing the living area for smaller animals. The willow branches are
significant of the increased growth of the willow tree, providing more habitation for these smaller
The raven that sits centered on the snout of the wolf signifies the bond shared between the wolf and
raven. There is an old myth that wherever the wolf goes, the raven will surely be found. This has been
proven accurate through studying the hunting behavior of the wolves. Wolves hunt in packs as a means
of collecting more food. Individual wolves can only eat so much of their prey, so hunting in packs
creates less waste. Any waste that is left from the wolves, the ravens will happily scavenge.
Alternatively, the ravens have often been known to help the wolves acting as their eyes and ears in the
sky, often warning the wolves of any impending danger.