Creatures

My work explores the issue of diminishing biodiversity, the fact that organisms are functionally inseparable from the environment in which they live and questions sentimental Images of wildlife that serve to mask the  ‘State of Nature.’

Ephemeral outline drawings, suggesting presence of absence- are juxtaposed with fine detail oil painting that serve to illustrate the familiar we stand to lose. Falling feathers and seeds refer to the symbiotic characters of species.

I would like the paintings to encourage an audience to question their preparedness to engage with contemporary environmental issues.

Inspiration for the work has been Maria Sybilla Merian, Giacometti.

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'Eco Engineer'
badger with elderflowers and moth
'Turning the soil'
'Hare with Adonis Blue'
'Hare with Buzzard feathers.'
'Fox, leaving'
'Fox with Ash seeds'
'Sleeping Fox'
'Rook'
'Buzzard'
'Caching Rook' work in progress
'Lark Ascending'
'Spotted Flycatcher'
'Lynx with pine needles'
'Aurochs'
'Pine Marten'
'Eco Engineer'

Badgers are ecosystem engineers and a keystone species, meaning they have an extremely high impact on a particular ecosystem relative to their population. Badger setts provide routes for runoff water during heavy rain, thereby helping to prevent flooding. They disperse seeds of many tree and plant species, one being the seed of the elder, that supports a myriad of insects and birds.