TO GOD & TO NATURE
Over the course of over 20 years from 1743 – 1764 the naturalist and ornithologist George Edwards dedicated himself to the creation of two major sets of works detailing creatures and birds for the most part never before described or drawn. His A Natural History of Uncommon Birds in four Volumes and Gleanings of Natural History in three parts, contained 362 hand painted etchings and descriptions of birds and other creatures. Each etch was created from an individual animal that had made its way to London on ships sailing from all parts of the globe in this age of European colonisation and exploration. The amassing in this one location of appropriated wildlife from its natural environment was a theme that I looked to touch upon whilst also envisaging the fascination and imagination that these unseen creatures must have given to those at the time.
The series creates fantastical situations that amalgamate a number of George Edwards’s birds and animals where ordinarily they would never appear together in the natural world. Through the development of this series, I was able to use photography and its associated digital tools to not only exhibit these wonderful drawings but also fashion a fresh and personal perspective through the forming of new relationships and emotions.
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