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charlie mclenahan


the preserver

the preserver

Preserving Nature

A preserving jar containing a dead baby bird on a deep bed of salt

Exploring the futility of preserving nature within salt

Introduction

This body of work is looking for a suitable gallery space. 


These images are designed to reflect the common belief that art should be saleable, inoffensive and without meaning. 

My work reflects none of these qualities, but displays, on first glance all of these qualities. It is the over sentimental, and over sized image of the dead that allows the viewer to really look at the photograph, to engage and understand the emotion, in what is an unemotional image of still life, using wooden mannequins and dead animals. The work is a sugar coated reminder to society that when we live in a world void of wildlife, we have no world to live in. Nature can only repair so much damage to the planet, once pushed beyond a point of no return then man has not won the battle to be supreme ruler of all he has made, the has lost the balance between life, death and immortality.


The work is a juxtaposition of the mortal and immortal.


Statement

this work consists of an expose of the soulless exploitation of the natural world

it manipulates the interface between the digital and the dead to

effect the transition between life, death and eternity

 

Biography

2009Moray School of Art BA(Hons) Fine Art

I am a London born artist now living in Moray,Scotland, where I completed my BA (Hons) for fine art. My art uses the medium of photography to show the things that we all see but never look at. Within this work I have photographed road kill and any other newley found dead to create an immortality for the animal. 

 

 

This work has been inspired by the artists  Helen Chadwick,Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst and Grayson Perry and the book 'The Silent Spring' by Rachel Carson