Cacutua moluccensis, 2019Regular price
"My intent is to express through these birds, our relationship with the natural environment and how we shape the world we live in. I hope that my photographic prints will provide a voice for these parrots and also serve as memento mori – reminding viewers about their own mortality and the fragility of life on earth.
"These beautiful and intelligent birds live in two worlds – the natural world that is hardwired in their genome, and a human-constructed world in which they are imprisoned. They typically have survived multiple traumas. Many are endangered, removed from social flocks in their natural environment, their wings are clipped and they are put in cages. They are frequently moved from one foster home to the next, and often sold on social media. Others are trafficked illegally and bred for profit. They are remarkably clever and brilliantly colored. Their extraordinary mimicry of human speech makes them appear humanlike - thus, their immense popularity as pets. Nevertheless, at their core, they remain wild birds. This project is a natural evolution of my interest in early photography and the nebulous relationship between humans and the environment, with underlying themes relating to the commodification of nature, and loss. The innovative convergence of three historical processes (gum bichromate, palladium, and wet collodion processes) with modern technology allowed me to create a unique multi-layered ‘pictorial’ aesthetic to each piece."
- C. Fitzgerald
Unique hand-printed photographic print
Tricolour Gum Bichromate over Palladium Print on Archival Rag
23 x 27.25 in. / 58.4 x 69.2 cm
Signed and numbered in pencil on verso
Custom Framed, Museum Glass
Edition 5/5 + 2 AP (1 available)