Sunday, October 21, 2012

Descanso: Shrine for Extinct and Endangered Species

 Dia de los Muertos:  "Reliquary for the 6th Extinction"

Xerces Blue Butterfly, indigenous to Northern California.  Became extinct in 1945.

"We have been raised to think that our body ended here, with this bag of skin, or with our possessions or education or house.  Now we begin to realize that our body is the world."
Joanna Macy 

Bonobo, Africa, critically endangered
Ivory Billed Woodpecker, native to Southeaster U.S., last seen in 1944
Red Crowned Crane, indigenous to southeast Asia, critically endangered

African Elephant, critically endangered

Cheetah, Africa, critically endangered

Staghorn coral, Caribbean and Bahamas coral reef, critically endangered

Only in this hoarded span will love  persevere.   
Whether you are pretty or not, I outlive you
bend down my strange face to yours 

Anne Sexton, "all my pretty ones"


Gail said...

10 Bis It must be so satisfying to use your art in such a meaningful way. The display is lovely.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Wow. This is stunning, Lauren. Your art and creative vision are superb.
- Your fan, Trish

Lauren Raine said...

Thanks so much!