specimens plural of spec·i·men (Noun)
1. An individual animal, plant, piece of a mineral, etc., used as an example of its species or type for scientific study or display.
A collection of found objects is the starting point for this body of work. These objects are usually found along the waters edge, the sea gives them shape and texture.
My contribution is to collect, assemble and arrange them. These arrangements are usually in the shape of birds, and children's toys (Marionettes).
These types of puppets have been used for thousands of years to tell stories. In Burma marionettes were used to pass on warnings from the people to the King without the fear of a beheading. In 1700's Europe, Children's games, rhymes and puppets were used to discuss and refer to politically sensitive events, also usually punishable by death.
The expantion of human population across the globe has resulted in dramatic changes. One of these changes has been the extinction of other species. Today we are living through the first human caused "great extinction". Birds, frogs, mammals, flora and fauna have ceased to exist and the only evidence that they ever existed can be found in the archives of large museums.
Scientists tell us that we are facing catastrophic events, due to climate change.
In Australia and world wide today, the politics of climate change continue to be debated…