Animalis

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The Animalis Series was an exploration of the idea of extinction. Facing my or mortality by looking to the past for clues of what was once in existence and now lost. Humans are part of this continuum. My fixation on loss directly impacts my preference for using a medium that is impervious to rain or sun. The color will stay true for thousands of years if it's not crushed. I researched images of pre-historic rock art and the evolutionary family tree (or bush) of hominids. The enameling techniques include sgraffito, ("scratching through") and abrasion with a stone, techniques similar to the ones the ancient artists used to make their marks and the natural erosion over time.