Unfortunately, I was unable to keep last terms’ goshawk painting on the wall, due to the limited space in the department. So, I decided to utilise the situation by creating piece of video art documenting its’ removal. Donning a traditional boiler suit, I recorded myself painting out the Goshawk using a roller and paintbrush.
The video acts as a metaphor for the decimation of bird of prey species around the UK as a result of human activity and urbanisation. The industrial nature of the problem is highlighted by the boiler suit worn by me, whilst I paint out the bird.
The fact that I am not facing camera indicates that perhaps society are unaware /wilfully ignorant of the effect humanity is having on the surrounding environment. en masse of the consequences of lifestyle/pollution. however, looks at camera briefly at the end, bringing awareness/guilt? building on en masse part, sped up/ lowered opacity and layering give illusion of more than one person working on it at the same time. Partly to speed up the process, partly to show that it is the consequence of society as a whole, not just individual people – issue of the system. Finally, part of it is personal – bittersweet, sombre element of the erasure of several weeks worth of time and effort, by my own hand. Erasure of self and erasure of what i stand for. -> whilst my work focuses on removing stereotype and personification to wild creatures, feels a little like the death of an old god.