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Lost or Gone. Nature’s Remnants: mysteries and threats of human and native species interactions, past and present

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Parish, JS (2012) Lost or Gone. Nature’s Remnants: mysteries and threats of human and native species interactions, past and present. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This exegesis explores, through an art practice, the environmental issues of
species decline and loss. It asks the question ‘what can artists do to elevate public
awareness of destructive environmental practices that are upsetting the ecological
balance?’
References are made to historical searches for species on the brink of
extinction, and present day fears of further decline in environmental diversity are
examined. The design and construction of movement sensing cameras and the results of
using unusual methods of detecting species type and abundance at several study sites
will be presented in the final exhibition, alongside conventional drawings, paintings and
sculptures, demonstrating that the potential for works generated directly from the natural
environment and its creatures can be a genuine art form.
The current practice of clear felling native forest has fragmented and isolated
remnant forests, leading to an actual or perceived decline in resident native animals and
birds. In Tasmania, some species of birds have been lost forever, while the marsupial
wolf or thylacine maintains a slender chance for discovery and possibly, recovery. I
have developed and employed specific equipment in an attempt to establish what
animals are active in a land area at Golden Valley on the slopes of the Western Tiers in
Tasmania. This site has been the base for explorations into the surrounding bush land,
where three other specific sites with different landforms have been chosen for more
detailed study of the area’s flora and fauna.
On my own property in the area, the construction of extended wetland
earthworks has given me the opportunity to study the effects of human intervention in
the landscape and how this has affected the local resident creatures. These animals and
birds have been drawn into a creative process to produce art works that are an
assimilation of their input and my own.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Human, native, species, interactions, nature, remnants, devils, maggots
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