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SURVIVAL

SURVIVAL

Many animals have moved into cities because their natural habitat has been threatened by extreme weather conditions and human activity. Unfortunately animals that have adapted to ‘city Life’ are losing their natural instincts to hunt in favour of scavenging food. They are also having to adapt to an alien landscape of fast moving cars, pollution, artificial light and concrete.

BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH

BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH

In mythology and many religious traditions, the intermediary space between heaven and earth is believed to be “A Utopia, the happiest, most wonderful and peaceful place ever created.”

Re-evaluating this statement from a 21st century non-fantastical perspective the truth is that the sky and atmosphere, the stratosphere, is now shrinking from the effects of greenhouse gases. Researchers have warned that his atmospheric layer could lose 4% of it’s thickness having serious consequences on the fragile balance of our planet. (Alyssa McMurtry 2021, Andalou Agency.)

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EARTH OUR HOME

This piece was commissioned by Lindauer Consulting, Chicago as a one off. The Earth is our HOME, a wonderful living planet. The enormity of human impact on the Earth is colossal.  The damage we are doing to the planet ultimately damages us. Through my art I attempt to define the world we live in by contrasting aspects of a planet at the mercy of climate change with a reverence for the beauty of all living things. The creation of this original piece embodies many special moments, namely a visit to the ‘Owl Sanctuary’ in Dublin where human kindness has provided a wild owl rehabilitation centre and a place of peaceful retreat for rescued birds; Being fortunate in  photographing the vast night sky in Ballymacaw,Ireland and capturing a shooting star; Travelling to Cornwall and visiting the ‘Lost Gardens of Helligan’, a network of magical gardens, woodland walks and farmland where I photographed ‘bee skeps’, a traditional hive that reigned supreme for thousands of years. Then there’s flowers, the sea, plants, rocks, bees, butterflies, all the living things linked through cycles that form the Web of Life and last but not least the old ladder crafted by my husband Martyn, especially for this piece.

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