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Framed artwork from the exhibition, 'Hit List', Leicester 2018.
Detail of ash box frames used in this series.
'Hit List' exhibition, Leicester, 2018.
'Hit List' exhibition, Leicester, 2018.
'Hit List' exhibition, Leicester, 2018.
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Hit List (Turf cigarettes, 36 Zoo animals, 1954), 2017.
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Hit List (Turf cigarettes, 36 Zoo animals, 1954), 2017. Collage

Tom Van Herrewege

United Kingdom

Collage, Paper on Cardboard

Size: 16 W x 19 H x 1.5 D in

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Since Spring 2017, I have been working on a large series of works that is titled Hit List. I have been sourcing different sets of old cigarette cards and old encyclopaedia pages, with some being over one hundred years old, and then I have been editing these by burning away the animal’s image according to the individual species’ conservation status on the IUCN red list of threatened species. So, the closer the individual animal depicted on the card is to extinction, the more of its image is burned away. The image is burned away because of the association to man and man kinds impact, being the only animal that can produce fire, but it is also a literal reminder that one day we may not be able to see these animals anymore.

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Collage:Paper on Cardboard

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Size:16 W x 19 H x 1.5 D in

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My work is inspired by my curiosity of the incredible diversity within the animal kingdom and mankind’s interpretation of this across the world. I am interested in how animals have evolved into what they are and the beauty and variety across this spectrum. Yet it is also how people have perceived them throughout history and the consequential impact that we have on them. It is how we understand them, categorize them, create ideas around them, worship and demonize them, utilize them, and many other ways in how humanity makes sense out of animals. Previous projects have taken me to places across the world to understand closer these unique perceptions of wild animals within their own environments. This ranges from the indigenous people and settlers that share these places to working with institutions within the field of natural history. In recent years, my message and what I am trying to communicate within my work has grown more and more towards raising awareness of the developing extinction crisis and the importance of addressing this.

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