'The loyal one'
Oil on canvas
51 x 101 cm
Recently I read a true story about a 5 year old girl who lived alone in the Colombian jungle until the age of 10. Early on she managed to imitate the feeding habits of capuchin monkeys, which led to her survival. After a while the monkeys slowly developed a bond and accepted her as part of their group.
Returned in the human world Marina Chapman kept an strong feeling of loyalty to apes and animals in general.
You may look different, or you even may be from another species, you still can easily transform your behaviour or looks to adapt to a person or to a group if you want to belong to them. I would say it happens all the time, also in more common situations than a girl living with monkeys. Maybe you can find proof in your own life. Think about work places. Or how you act with friends.
Sometimes the adaptations are obvious or less than subtle, like the attempt of this timber tree.