I remember in school learning about Peppered Moths Biston betularia and how pollution forced an evolutionary change. It was a neat story to illustrate survival of the fittest and forced natural selection. The part of the story that always bothered me was the pollution part. Why were we destroying the planet and not talking about it?
I ran across this article a while back and I thought it really brought home the effects humans have on this world. The skies were so polluted that the birds changed color. This was not some great story about adaption, but rather a tale of what horrors we can unleash if we do not pay attention and take steps to take care of this blue marble. (https://www.futurity.org/birds-feathers-carbon-air-pollution-1570692-2/) Recent changes in environmental policy have kept me awake. The thoughts of going back to this sooty sky, the reinterpretation of MBTA (Migratory Bird Treaty Act), the death of 13 Bald Eagles in 2016 because of Carbofuran being used to poison a raccoon that they then consumed.
Horned Larks was inspired by the image "Horned larks collected in Illinois between 1904 and 1916 and California and British Columbia between 1903 and 1922 ." (Credit: Carl Fuldner and Shane DuBay)
I hope the story of this work will add to the piece, create some awareness, fight quietly for something I believe in. I am feeling more and more drawn to create work that speaks to our impact on the natural world. I try to make it beautiful, but the ugly is still there.
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