'Ghosts of Gone Birds'
Simply a joy project, working for fantastic people for a more than worthy cause. The documentary 'Ghosts of Gone Birds' directed by Ceri Levy, is a a Multimedia Exhibition in support of BirdLife International's Preventing Extinctions Programme. The exhibition itself celebrates the already extinct birds, bringing their presence back to life again. The project involves all aspects of the arts including poetry, art and music with musicians like 'Doves', 'Elbow' and 'British Sea Power'.
This is The Chatham Islands Fernbird [Bowdleria Rufescens]
Endemic to the low brushland of Pitt and Mangere Islands in Chatham Islands, New Zealand. The Meaning of my paintings: Both sexes are separated, no longer in existence. No longer together, species we have only as a recording. There is a romance to the positioning of the birds, the female below looking up to the male surrounded by her once environment. Native flowers such as 'forget- me- not' symbolize that we must not forget the Fernbird, and continue to actively use conservation methods to protect those that are endangered. The foliage surrounding the female acts as the conservation methods that have already been reinforced into the Mangere Islands. This idea incorporates the past (extinction) and present (conservation): mistakes and successes, a mistake of extinction caused by man.
Ghosts of Gone Birds Exhibition: May 19th- 20th
Liverpool School of Art and Design,
2 Duckinfield St, L3 5RD