Chris Berens


mixed media on panel
18 x 13 cm 2020

Also known as the Louisiana Honey Island Swamp Monster.

Who she is or where she comes from remains a mystery. One of the many legends tells of a train wreck in the area in the early 20th century. According to the legend a traveling circus was on the train and from it a group of chimpanzees escaped and interbred with the local alligator population.

She is described as bipedal 7 feet (2 m) tall with gray hair and red eyes and accompanied by a disgusting smell. But don’t tell her all this, she’s a gentle soul and easily upset. Also, she’s a big fan of saltwater taffy. the Pink ones, not the Grey or the sugar free ones, they apparently have a rather unpleasant aftertaste.

HONEY is just the sweetest. She could never hurt a soul and all she wants is to be your friend and for you to love her back. She teaches us to love unconditionally and to trust that inside beauty will find its way out through the cracks.

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