Bag of endangered mammals

Glade-Wright, Robyn (2012) Bag of endangered mammals. [Artefact]

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Abstract

This artwork was made to highlight the plight of endangered mammals in the tropics. In this artwork, the mammals are trapped in a bag of human making. This is also the case in the world, where the impact of humans is altering the biosphere. The mammals are effectively trapped in a changing environment due to human agency. A further aspect to the work is the threat posed by consumerism. Shopping bags indicate consumption. The things we buy can deplete natural resources, impact on land use and create pollution during manufacture. The co-joining of shopping bags and endangered animals aims to generate reflection regarding the impact of our purchases.

Research Statement

Research Background This artwork was made to highlight the plight of endangered mammals in the tropics. In this artwork, the mammals are trapped in a bag of human making. This is also the case in the world, where the impact of humans is altering the biosphere. The mammals are effectively trapped in a changing environment due to human agency. A further aspect to the work is the threat posed by consumerism. Shopping bags indicate consumption. The things we buy can deplete natural resources, impact on land use and create pollution during manufacture. The co-joining of shopping bags and endangered animals aims to generate reflection regarding the impact of our purchases.
Research Contribution This work makes a contribution to human understanding regarding the potential impact of consumerism on animal habitats in the tropics. The work was selected and exhibited in a show tilted "Woman in the Arts". This exhibition was held in the Cairns Regional Circa 1907 Contemporary Art space.
Research Significance This work is significant because it provides a visual metaphor for the threat posed to bird species due to the impact of people. Mammals and other extant life forms are trapped in a changing world and this can endanger their survival. Shopping and consumerism can contribute to environmental degradation. The mammals are trapped inside the shopping bags in a similar fashion to being trapped in a biosphere that is changing in potential life threatening ways.
Item ID: 22730
Item Type: Artefact
Keywords: endangered species; vulnerable species; extinction; loss; art; artwork
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Photographer: Andrew Rankin.

This artwork was shown at the following exhibitions (exhibition records accessible from 'Related URLs'):

'The Bag: Object or Obsession?' curated by Louisa Ennis-Thomas as part of "Women in the Arts 2012" from 8-22 March 2012, C.1907 Contemporary Artspace (City Place), Cairns, QLD, Australia.

'Red Listed' exhibition by Robyn Glade-Wright from 19 October - 16 November 2012 at the Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

Media of Output: Plastic with hand dyed and stitched organza, 40 cm x 55 cm
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Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 01:58
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
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