Desire to hold onto something of this departed; securing a trace of life glimpsed in a corpse, is the impetus for my memorials.
‘Human memory is transitory’. Although the physical specimen may rot and fade away and my
memory become unreliable, the representations I make will remain as a testament to their
existence. The impressions I take, whether visual, observational notes, or audio recordings, allow
me to reconstruct these people and animals, from fragments into a whole. Contrary to the
conventions of traditional naturalists, I collect everything but the specimen itself; not intruding further upon their death. Recording this data aids in memorisation and, through this, memorialisation.
I began with the pests that are the result of dense human populations. Not seeking out the most rare or unique specimen but rather conducting an intimate survey of the death I encounter on a daily journey, and a survey of the people and animals that intersect with my life.
I record animals of the roadside in the liminal space between the moments of death and
disappearance; the body with often stay on the roadside for hours, days, or weeks, frozen at the
end of life for the remainder of its existence. I watch and remember. My archive is an attempt at preserving through recording, each entry an elegy to oblivion. Preserving the memory of the
animals I encounter only after death through observational drawing.
Observation is vital.
Pointillist animation still of a tawny owl flying.