PORTFOLIO > LOST ANIMALS

Lost Animals is a mixed media artistic response to my own panicked angst about the fact that 20 to 50 % of all flora and fauna will be lost by the end of this century. In this exhibition pieces are built into and under glass, in tiny vials or in display cabinets. I fear that our future biosphere will only be present as a display item for our entertainment in isolated islands of biological data. Pieces are made with animal skins, feathers, hair, teeth and claws incorporating elements from the animals’ habitats to indicate precisely the conditional interdependence and survival of both the animals and their environment. I wanted to create what I call psychic presences. The sculptural piece titled Leggings and Bunny Slippers was created to make human apparel items using animal fur and feet to develop empathy for animals. The pieces titled Healings are skins from the fur industry that I purchased on-line as scraps by the pound. I opened the package and found the mink and beaver pelts with holes cut into them. I felt the need to try and sew them back together.

Quagga Mare
horse hair
56" x 60"
2014
Quagga Stallion
horse hair
70" x 80"
2014
Healings #1
fur + horse hair
12" x 15"
2015
Healings #2
beaver fur, horse hair + birch bark
25" x 40"
2014
Healings #3
mink + watercolour
10" x 13"
2015
Bunny Slippers
fur, feet, wool, snare, wood + plastic
8" x 20" x 8"
2015
Leggings
horse hair, thread + reindeer hooves
12" x 48"
2014
Monarch Butterlies
milk weed seeds, wood, glass + thread
19" x 17" x 3"
2014
Quagga's II
horse hair, encaustic on fabric
12" x 24"
2014
Installation
mixed media
2015
Apothecary
mixed media
2015
Curios 1 + 2
mixed media
9'-2" x 4'-8"
2015
Bestiary #1
feathers, pine cone, wood + glass
12" x 18" x 12"
2014
Bestiary #2
fur, milk weed, wood, wasp nest + glass
8" x 12" x 8"
2013
Bestiary #3
feathers, horn + wood
18" x 27" x 7"
2014
Bestiary #4
fur, horse hair + wood
16" x 35" x 9"
2014
Totem
fur, wood + antler
14" x 63" x 16"
2015
Yellowstone Rib
ink + watercolour
9" x 7"
2015