"Portrait of an Orangutan", Brigitte Dietz, 2017
Mixed Media Collage
100 x 70 cm
The painting “Portrait of an Orangutan” is inspired by the Orang Utan Coffee Project, that is producing Sumatra's only Arabica Coffee in the special climatic conditions of Gayo Highlands. Fighting the minimization of the tropical rainforests and the destruction of the environment, this project deals with the threats for both animals and local farmers alike and serves as example of the often forgotten close connection between human being and nature. The project collaborates exclusively with local farmers who have owned their small sized coffee plantations already through the generations. In order to protect the environment and the small-scaled coffee farmers, all farmers collaborating with the project grow their coffee plants according to strict guidelines that are similar to Swiss organic farming standards.