The Feral Muse: Rabid Animals as Artistic Symbolism

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My fascination with the visual tension of rabid animals has little to do with the grim realities of the disease and everything to do with the raw, unbridled energy they represent. As an artist, I’m drawn not to the shock value but to the portrayal of emotions that defy simple description. It’s similar to the conundrum of explaining the essence of the color red—its feeling is known, not through definition, but through experience and association.

"Rabid Dogs in Space 04" Created using Midjourney v2
"Rabid Dogs in Space 04" Created using Midjourney v2
"Rabid Dogs in Space 05" Created using Midjourney v2
"Rabid Dogs in Space 05" Created using Midjourney v2

The most powerful art invites interpretation rather than demanding it, offering a gateway for audience participation rather than a directive.

It’s about finding the right symbols that whisper an invitation to explore deeper themes. A rabid animal, in its untamed ferocity, can symbolize the wild, unchecked forces of our nature—passions and hatreds that, like the disease, seize us against our will.

"Rabid Dogs in Space 09" Created using Midjourney v2
"Rabid Dogs in Space 06" Created using Midjourney v2
Yet, in all my imaginative wanderings, I’ve never envisioned such wildness adrift in the serenity of space—until now. This is the gift of AI in art: the ability to seamlessly journey through the wildest of ideas, to see the fruition of a thought without the toll of laborious execution. I’m not in pursuit of an exhaustive collection of space-bound rabid canines. Instead, I’m savoring the freedom to ask, “What if?” and receive an answer. AI has been my silent partner in this, granting a vision of the bizarre and the beautiful, no questions asked.