Foote, Hamish; Pretty, Annabel
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Citation:Foote, H., Pretty, A. (2020). Psalm. Asylum 2020/4, 214-219
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/5264
INTRODUCTION Psalm was the title of an exhibition in 2019, of sculptures by Bronwynne Cornish and paintings by Hamish Foote. Both artists reference the native biota of Aotearoa New Zealand, and aim to draw attention to the transformation of landscape, in particular habitat loss and a shrinking gene pool. This paper, which concentrates on Foote’s paintings, discusses the relationship of art and science, the role of art as means of communication and, finally, the underpinning content of the images: the topical and critical issue of genetic bottlenecks within the endemic avian community. These collected works are a psalm, of sorts, that speaks of this perilous situation in the hope of raising awareness.
Keywords:New Zealand, art and science, birds in painting, painting, identity, public awareness of conservation, Foote, Hamish, science communication
ANZSRC Field of Research:190502 Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting), 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity, 200204 Cultural Theory
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