The Secret Life of Turtles—1999—Oil on Linen—48″ x 48″
The initial piece in Victor Stabin’s Turtle Series, The Secret Life of Turtles, exposes an untouched, natural setting where turtles swim in moonlit waters, excluded from other environments by the exuberant overgrowth of reeds and wild flowers.
The moonlight shines through this grassy veil to reveal a party we’re not invited to. Turtles soar into the night sky in pursuit of swarming fireflies, uninterrupted by the world outside their private sanctuary.
The Secret Life of Turtles was inspired by Gary Larson’s popular comic strip, The Far Side, and imitates a similar sense of paranoia.