Life on Earth has evolved over 542 million years, from the Paleozoic ( ‘ancient life’ ), Mesozoic ( ‘middle life’ ) through to the Cenozoic ( ‘new life’ ) bringing us up to the present day. Biologist E O Wilson suggests ‘Eremozoic’ for the next chapter of our planets evolution : ‘The age of loneliness’ which reflects the mass extinctions humans are causing.
For almost the entirety of homo sapiens brief tenure on earth, ( a mere 200,000 years ) we have been intimately and directly connected to our landscape and its flora and fauna, sitting squarely in the middle of the food chain. Then, around 10,000 years ago, ( in the blink of an evolutionary eye ) humans began to farm and multiplied exponentially from a sustainable population of just ten million hunter gatherers to almost eight billion today.
Before the agricultural revolution, wild animals made up over nighty nine percent of mammals, with humans making up less than just one. Today we have multiplied to thirty six percent, created a system of captive farmed animals which constitute a staggering seventy percent with wildlife drastically reduced to the remaining four percent.
Our perception is that ‘wildlife’ happens elsewhere, in far-off lands, on nature documentaries, or is otherwise caged and displayed for us in zoos and safari parks. We are no longer connected to nature and our perception of the natural world bears little resemblance to reality. These images reflect this fictional narrative by using natural history specimens and idealised dioramas ; themselves a human construct, adding layers, altering and exaggerating colours to highlight the artificial and fictional nature of what we are seeing.
The Orangutans (150 × 100 cm; C–type)
The Gibbons (150 × 100 cm; C–type)
The Kudus (150 × 100 cm; C–type)
The Birds (150 × 100 cm; C–type)
The Manatee (150 × 100 cm; C–type)