Found bird's nest of plastic netting and other unnatural fibres, from the series Modern Artefacts, 2016. Detail on billboard, MoreArt festival, 2016. Dawson St, Brunswick, Melbourne from October 2016-May2017 


A bird’s nest, found by the roadside, is suspended in space and illuminated brilliantly from all sides. The nest consists of mostly unnatural fibres that have been gathered by a wild bird, including plastic netting and rope threads. This specimen raises questions about the passage of our constructed materials through the environment, and their entanglement with the processes of the natural world.

In the photograph, the nest is isolated, hanging by threads, demonstrating the object’s strength, but also showing its fragility. This is reminiscent of our ecosystem, which is resilient, yet ultimately vulnerable to change as a result of human influence. The lighting highlights the black plastic fibres against the night sky, evoking a galaxy, and suggesting the abstract universal context, or the interconnectedness of all things. The tone of the work is not plaintive; instead, there is a foreboding sense of nature’s adaptability and its inbuilt mechanism to rebalance and prevail despite humanity’s presence.

 


Found bird's nest of plastic netting and other unnatural fibres, from the series Modern Artefacts, 2016, pigment print on platine fibre paper, 70x110cm


 

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