Paradise lost

Glade-Wright, Robyn (2013) Paradise lost. [Creative Work]

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Abstract

This aim of this exhibition was to generate reflection about the extinction of the Paradise Parrot and to highlight the tragedy of this loss. The Paradise Parrot was once common in New South Wales and Queensland. The parrot was rare by the turn of the 20th Century and the last reliable sightings occurred in 1927. The extinction of this beautiful species is likely to have resulted from a combination of factors including the annual burning of native grasses at a crucial time when the grass was setting seeds, severe and prolonged drought, overgrazing, trapping for aviaries, predation by feral cats, the loss of habitat due to widespread ring barking of trees and the loss of habitat due to a prickly pear infestation. Paradise Parrots nested and laid eggs in termite mounds. This habitat was lost when the termite mounds were collected and used for rammed earth ant-bed tennis courts. These factors contributed to the extinction of this species, which has created an impoverished environment and eliminated the possibility of relationships between living entities.

Research Statement

Research Background The background of this research involves the exploration of visual art as a means to generate reflection about extinction. Beauty is a feature of some visual art. It is a feature that can function to remind people of relationships that are valued. This artwork seeks to explore the capacity of visual work to generate reflection about loss due to extinction.
Research Contribution This artwork makes a contribution to the field of research by creating works that demonstrate imaginative significance. Artwork has the capacity to contribute to the enlargement of knowledge in a board sense through the advancement of understanding. When artists produce work, they can direct the thought of the observer. This can enable people to experience aspects of life that they may not have considered. This artwork makes a contribution to research by creating an original collection of artworks that elicit reflection about the loss of the Paradise Parrot. The work highlights how seemingly innocent pursuits such as the use of termite nets for tennis courts can lead to habitat destruction and contribute to extinction.
Research Significance This work demonstrates imaginative significance. Artworks combine content and form. The recent mass extinction of plants and animals is largely unseen. This artwork reveals this content in a sensuous form. The significance of the work is related to how insightful the work is in directing thinking in relation to this topic.
Item ID: 27704
Item Type: Creative Work (Original Work - Visual Art - NTRO)
Event Details: Paradise Lost
C.1907 Contemporary Artspace City Place, Cairns
16-20 April 2013
Funders: Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2013 00:40
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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