2009 - extinction

EXTINCTION

 

These hand painted, photocopy transfer mono prints, are the first in a set of three bodies of work that fall under the title ‘Extinction’, and are images based on the children’s nursery rhyme:

One for sorrow

Two for joy

Three for a girl

Four for a boy

Five for silver

Six for gold

And Seven for a secret never to be told.

 

The Indian Mynah bird, an invasive species that is now viewed as a pest, was probably originally brought to South Africa on trading ships. It is said to have escaped into the wild in 1902. In each print I have juxtaposed the image of this bird against the image of one of the three Chiefs, founding fathers of Contemporary Botswana. The resulting image is a comment on the strains between the indigenous and the exotic that result from migrations, voluntary or involuntary.

 

Three for a girl

 

Five for Silver

 

Six for Gold

 

Seven for a secret

 

Paradise fly catcher

 

One for sorrow

 

Hoopoe

 

Four for a boy