The Natural History series
The natural history of most species is usually decontextualized. We are not always aware of the complex interactions that govern nature’s habitats and ecosystems. Biodiversity, trophic interaction, extinction or keystone species decline are commonly understood within the realm of science. These concepts rarely break through to a collective consciousness. This ‘Natural History’ series approaches the concept of scale in large organisms to challenge human perceptions of physicality and space.
The two-dimensional life size representations are intended to bring the physical reality of the depicted species to the viewer’s attention; by contextualizing the animal within the daily human environment. They invite awareness to–in the words of poet and naturalist David Whyte–“the geography of the body and its conversation with the world.”
Physeter macrocephalus, 2011 (above left), preparatory drawing for Sphyrna mokarran, 2011 (above right).