Mapping extinction

Linda Knight

This drawing work speculates on how we might map nature and wildlife in future. The work takes as its starting point the devastating effects of the 2020 Australian bushfires which burned 11 million hectares and killed 5 billion animals. The dis-located drawings of the animals reference the dispassionate specimen drawings made by botanists sailing on early colonial sailing ships, and their blue colour is a deliberate pun on the idea of recording something in perpetuity – as a form of blueprint should animal cloning become a possibility. The lost orientation of the animals in Mapping Extinctions comments on the long-term impacts of colonisation on Indigenous lands, enacted through the catastrophic effects of bushfires that occur more frequently due to improper land knowledge and management.

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