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'
'Aurochs'

The ancestor of our domestic cattle is the Aurochs. A massive animal, with a skull measuring a metre, top to bottom-that had become extinct around 1600’s -due to over hunting and habitat loss. The Tauros Programme, is an initiative working closely with Rewilding Europe, that is attempting to ‘back breed’ using existing breeds of cattle that still carry Aurochs DNA- until they arrive at a credible replacement with all the characteristics of the extinct aurochs- a Tauros.