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'
'Lark Ascending'

‘George Meredith writes from experience and uses the Lark as metaphor, for the changing times in the countryside where most of the work done by large numbers of men in the fields is gradually being done by machinery and so most of the younger generation move into the newly arising industrialised towns to work in factories and mills. Thus leaving their elders to cope with increasing destitution and decline. The Lark sings for the spirits of us all’.