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ABOUT 'TRUE VALUE' THE ENDANGERED COLLECTION:
This collection of endangered animals in Swarovski crystals and paint throws a light on the intolerable rate at which animal species are becoming extinct at the hand of man. Metaphors of our time, they symbolize an irreversible process through the decimation of important species, which will ultimately affect the future of humanity due to acts of greed and vanity. Focus is drawn to the expression, created as crystal mosaics, emblematic of the preciousness of the living animal; this medium fades out and morphs into mixed media and paint and depicts the threats these creatures face for survival. The faces are undercut by the ominous nature of the background messages. These artworks include allegorical references and the co-existence of abstract elements with realist forms, together with quotations in the dead language of Latin and literature including Dante, William Blake and Shakespeare written as graffiti. The handprints and stenciled dots reference the birth of art in the earliest cave and rock paintings. In this series, in their relevant colours, they represent the hand of man in the destruction of the planet and its wildlife, but also symbolize the capacity to reverse this trajectory. With their combination of both metaphorical and literal messages, the works aim to provoke awareness of topical potential catastrophes whilst at the same time retaining an independent aesthetic, representative of their subject matter. The collection deals with contrasts; between the singular animals representing the last of the species made up of thousands of individual elements, the technical precision of the precious crystal mosaics and the painted backgrounds, between good and evil and choices to make things better or worse.
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