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A Fall From Freedom by Ebonenee A Fall From Freedom by Ebonenee
World is what you swim in, or dance, it is simple.
We are in our element but we are not free.
Outside this world you cannot breathe for long

The other has my shape. The other's movement
forms my thoughts. And also mine. There is a man
and there are hoops. There is a constant flowing guilt

We have found no truth in these waters,
no explanations tremble on our flesh.
We were blessed and now we are not blessed

After travelling such space for days we began
to translate. It was the same space. It is
the same space always and above it is the man.

And now we are no longer blessed, for the world
will not deepen to dream in...

~The Dolphins, by Carol Ann Duffy


This is a piece I've been working on and off in the last couple of days. The work reflects the isolation, pain and tribulation that occurs in the captive dolphin industry in contemporary society. We are often manipulated to believe that dolphinariums are educational 'tools' that allow people to recognise the wonderful biodiversity of the oceans and encourage the public to conserve its' inhabitants. However, I believe times have changed. We no longer need to tear these sentient, incrediblly intelligent beings from their natural homes. We no longer need to cage and isolate their families. People are well aware of the plight of dolphins and whales through media, the internet and other forms of education. The only reason why cetacean captivity occurs is for one, lucid reason.
Greed.

The above illustration depicts an orca named Morgan; a young female rescued from the Wadden sea in June 2010. Despite orca experts locating her family in Norwegian waters and creating a detailed release plan for rehabilitating and releasing her back to the wild, money talked and corporate greed trampled on Morgan's rights. The global whale and dolphin captivity business could never afford for such an effort to be successful.

"She’s been sentenced to life in a small, shallow, concrete cell. She’ll live out her lonely days performing for food in a circus-style show. Statistically, she will probably die in her teens. Her only crime was getting lost."

I was inspired by a documentary called "A Fall from Freedom" produced by EarthView Productions [link] I have vowed to never support cetacean captivity. Ever....


PLEASE NOTE: This is simply my opinion, if you would like to debate the issue, please do it else where (e.g pop me a note) c:
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DrowElfMorwen Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwwww so sad. I hope Morgan gets released at some point, I really do. I hate Sea World so much for stealing her. This is a perfect contribution piece to her and her cause.
I love all your artwork, it's very gorgeous!
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OrkyDorky Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and powerful piece 
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Oo-Nazgulia-oO Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: Very incredible work ! :love:
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Camy-Orca Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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AnoOrca Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely beautiful, but her story is heartwrenching. It just seems to get worse and worse :no:
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WildTalk Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredibly powerful and beautifully done.
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou!
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shibatooth Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
your image is featured here: kepplar.deviantart.com/journal…

i hope you dont mind! (: youre credited.
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Ebonenee Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou!
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MysteryDrawn Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my goodness. Wow. I'm so glad you have a good way of explaining this. My parents are always saying that the cages they keep them in are huge. I always reply "But they have emotions. They are used to having a whole ocean to swim in, not a 'huge' tank. Besides, ever heard of family?" They never get it. >.<

So sad.

But I hope that there are many, many more people like you. :3
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou! <3
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ALoveForOrcas Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Beautiful the pictures says a lot.
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou!
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jennyyuna98 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
reminds me of Free Willy :)
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou, I'm glad you think that c:
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Thereysa Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Artist
I understand how you feel about captive animals of all kind. I think this is a really beautiful peace and I hope some more people will see it like you and I do. I hope they think before they go to the aquarium and think all the dolphins are having fun doing tricks but really they are dying inside from the sound, the cheers, and noise people are giving. I've done so much research on them and people there don't know that they only live for a couple of weeks because they can't take everything that is happening, its like tapping on a fish bowl for them except there's thousands of people doing it to them.

I really admire your art, I like how it's not just art for beauty it's meaningful.
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Ebonenee Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou so much, I really appreciated that passionate comment!
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:iconthereysa:
Thereysa Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Artist
Not a problem! :D I really enjoy your work!
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MesuOkami Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
for a moment i was thougt that drawings was real xD!

very good art ^^
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou!
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footinadream Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wow, this is stunning
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou so much :glomp:
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fantastic............
Thank you SO much for submitting to SOS
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meganbednarz Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012   General Artist
It echoes the state of our souls also, trapped in the modern world that tells us money is the purpose of life, and so we work all day in our cells and dream all night of the ocean...
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Kalestic Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student General Artist
A concrete prison?! That's so sad :cries: I rally hope the orcas and dolphins will be set free :(
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lets hope so...
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totodile-fan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
awesome. I love orcas.
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou <3
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totodile-fan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
you are so totally welcome ^^
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou <3
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SpiritWolfen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
what a beautiful picture. Poor Morgan -.-;
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou <3
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Rockypockypuff Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very beautiful. The Morgan issue is so sad, I really hoped for them to release her. Or at least not send her to Tenerife... As the orcas there are already messed up I've heard... Fighting a lot, not sure. But as I said, beautiful piece of art.
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Ebonenee Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou :glomp:
Yes, Morgan has sustained injuries such as bite marks from the other orcas at the park :(
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AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your drawing is very touching and have a lot emotion.
:aww:
its so hard to see it ojectiv.
im not pro, but im not contra too.
its hard to stay on you oppinion, if there are so many voices they say, you have to choice which way you think.
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou :glomp:
Yes I agree, there are alot of sides to the story...
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Kaly89 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for sharing!!
beautiful work
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou :glomp:
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Midsea Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A very powerful picture! You can really feel what it's about. Beautiful.
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou :glomp:
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:iconmidsea:
Midsea Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome!
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Itsgoose2u Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so gorgeous Ebonenee. Its a fantastic piece of work, stunning. :hug:
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou :glomp:
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RaymanNFG2000349 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Amazing!
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:iconebonenee:
Ebonenee Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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RaymanNFG2000349 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
You're welcome
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that documentary ever since it came out, it's very true and shows how things really are. Great depiction, it has a nice soft tone to it and a great atmosphere :)
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Ebonenee Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It really is an amazing and persuasive documentry :)
Thankyou very much :hug:
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
And yes, it indeed is :)
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