‘Wildlife Preserve – Birds’

Recently I had the good fortune of winning the Great Southern Art Award Print prize with the above print of two etchings. I’ve been making images of small glass biomes for around a year now – small, delicate environments which hold various birds and animals. They are intended to evoke museum specimens, where animals are recorded, stored catalogued – but in my depictions the animals are alive in these fragile environments. In this image there are two birds – one is the Buff-banded Rail which leads a furtive life in the vegetation of our backyard, and the other is the endangered Noisy Scrub bird which lives in only a few reserves east of here.

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