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Snake Bite / Clamp Down
Snake Bite / Clamp Down
acrylic on USA Reclaimed Cone Mill denim
24 X 30”
2017

One of the enduring myths about snakes is the idea that the jaws detach, while in fact, they stay connected all the time. Instead, two lower jaws move independently of each other, and are not joined at the front by a rigid symphysis, as ours are, but by an elastic ligament that allows them to spread apart. Like a clamp, the snake's jaws are able to adjust to tighten or loosen it's prey. The knot-tying abilities of snakes arise from the remarkable combination of flexibility and muscle control that makes snake locomotion, and ingestion of larger animals feasible. Parts of the snake are hidden behind denim patches, alluding to it's ambush hunting technique.