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The Binturong Drawing

Tom Van Herrewege

United Kingdom

Drawing, Graphite on Wood

Size: 24 W x 18 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, bank notes and encyclopaedia pages that depict animals on them and then I have been editing these by burning away the animals’ image according to the individual species’ conservation status on the IUCN red list of threatened species. So, the closer the individual animal species depicted is to extinction, the more of its image is burned away. This idea works in the same way with the drawings on plywood. I carefully create the drawings of the animals as accurately as I can and then I immediately erase the drawing with sanding tools. These void spaces within the drawings are a metaphor for human impact on the natural world and a reminder that one day we will not be able to see these animals anymore.

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Drawing:Graphite on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:24 W x 18 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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