Extinction Studies

Opens 06-09-2019,  closes 01-09-2020

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Lucienne Rickard: Extinction Studies

Extinction Studies is a twelve-month durational performance by Tasmanian artist Lucienne Rickard.

Daily over the course of the year, Lucienne will draw a different recently-extinct plant or animal species. She will then erase the drawing and the next day, draw a different extinct species on the same sheet of paper. She will erase it again.

This process of drawing and erasure, or evolution and extinction, is repeated in full knowledge that the paper will deteriorate and eraser shavings will accumulate.

Each extinct species will be sourced from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, the authoritative list of extinct and threatened species used by scientists globally.

Lucienne is spending at least five days a week at TMAG undertaking this project. It is her testimony to the critical issue of species extinction.

The project title Extinction Studies deliberately merges art and science, a ‘study’ being both a technical art term – for a drawing or sketch done in preparation – and more generally understood as the practice of devoting time and attention to understanding a topic.

As an artist, Lucienne has crafted a career through drawing yet she remains deeply concerned about the future of biodiversity and the natural world.

Follow the progress of Lucienne's project on Instagram.

Extinction Studies is commissioned by Detached Cultural Organisation and presented by TMAG.

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