Perhaps you’ve seen the story in the HT today about the Evansville rhino who paints. The rhinoceros, Mechi, paints on canvas with her upper lip, and the zoo is selling the paintings in its gift shop.

From an expressionist perspective, I’d call it art, although it’s hard to say who is the artist, the rhino or her keeper. From a Gadamarian hermeneutic perspective, it’s a little more interesting. Does the painting produced by the rhino give us a “way in” to the lifeworld of a rhinoceros in a zoo? It’s funny, but I think it does. In some irrational way, the rhino enters our world through art and invites us to contemplate her life as a result.

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