A 1907 book titled ‘Extinct Birds’ by Walter Rothschild was an attempt to unite in one volume the birds which have become extinct in historical times or were on the verge of extinction. Through this volume I perceived a link to the act of cessation. Pattern of Extinction is conceived as a series of works united by pattern, that converge on the shadowy profile of extinct or endangered birds, as they appear frozen upon found CSR sugar sacks.
In 1855 Sir Edward Knox, founded CSR and constructed his mansion ‘Fiona’ that he had built in woollahara, Sydney. ‘Fiona’ means ‘pure white’. Sugar when refined turns pure white. Are the acts of CSR responsible for the extinction of species? Was Sir Edward Knox aware of his actions as the founder of CSR?
These new works consider the relationship of cause and effect in an effort to understand the links. They embody re-purpose principles and to challenge the possibilities of process. The viewer is offered many interwoven possibilities of interpreting and associating meaning from the signs displayed. My methodology involves the collation of objects, images or cultural artifacts that I have accumulated from our physical and/or conceptual environments; often as remnants. There are no accidents.
Stretched upon dismantled timber shipping crates that were possibly used in the export process. Extinction is presented here through its very absence; its shadow. The checker pattern considers the matrix of power, while the painterly appearance is disarmingly deceptive.