PORTFOLIO > Silent Spring, Damoiseaux: Birds at risk 2020

There are over 90 species of birds at risk in Canada and over 90 also in the U.S. I have started this series those common to both countries and focusing on the East Coast. At first I thought that birds were too pretty to represent, that is why I started with the bumblebees in 2019. I first drew the birds and tried to collage on them: it did not work as it did for the bumblebees. Then I came up with the idea of creating a collage separate from the drawing, combining them digitally and laser cutting the contour of the print and acrylic to create an object with the image. The Damoiseaux are also available as a print.

«Rachel Carson’s 1962 prophetic essay Silent Spring was critical in the banning of DDT. Today we find ourselves witnessing the steep decline in the species of insects and birds that Carson predicted over 60 years ago. In this series, human body parts and consumer products give form to insects and birds, illustrating the plight of the numerous threatened species of North America.

Referring to the images of African-American men and women used in her work, Paul cites the groundbreaking laws adopted for both the environment and civil rights in the early 1960s that have still not been resolved and are now the top political agendas in the United States. Given this parallel as well as the fact that minorities have been disproportionately victimized by our increasingly hazardous environment, Paul’s work strives to honor their resilience and self-empowerment.»

Damoiseau : [a. OF. damoiseau the masculine corresp. to damoisel, damsel.] A young man of gentle birth, not yet made a knight. (Occurring in 15th c. translations from French, and in modern archaists.). If we do not want to use damoiseau in English, the nearest male equivalent seems the lad indeed, the word lad sounding (at least to me) slightly outdated. Lass (feminine of lad) is also given by the OED as a synonym of damsel.
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Excerpt from Silent Spring exhibition press release (Miyako Yoshinaga, New York, Sept 25th - Nov 21st 2020) and review by J. Goodman under links section and at this link: whitehotmagazine.com/articles/paul-at-m…)

Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Pygargue à tête blanche
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
28 7/8 x 22 3/8 in or 73,3 x 56,7 cm
2020
Grus Americana, Whooping crane, Grue blanche
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, 3 parts assembled, also available as a print
23 1/4 x 40 in or 58,9 x 101,6 cm
2020
Golden Eagle , Aquila chrysaetos, Aigle royal
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
28 1/4 x 22 in or 71,6 x 55,8 cm
2020
ecofeminist art, ecofeminism, Environment, ecology, photography, biodiversity, drawing, decline, empathy, environmental justice, black lives matter
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
6 3/4 x 11 3/4 in or 17,3 x 29,7 cm
2020
Anatum Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus anatum, Faucon pèlerin
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
16 7/8 x 22 3/8 in or 42,9 x 56,9 cm
2020
Greater Prairie-Chicken, Tympanuchus cupido, Tétras des prairies
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
18 1/2 x 24 in or 47 x 61 cm
2020
Eskimo Curlew, Numenius borealis, Courlis esquimau ou Courlis à long bec
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print; head is a cut out image of Colin Kaepernick
25 1/8 x 22 5/8 in or 63,9 x 57,5 cm
2020
Northern Bobwhite , Colinus virginianus, Colin de Virginie
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
23 3/8 x 11 1/8 in or 59,3 x 28,1 cm
2020
Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus americanus occientalis, Coulicou à bec jaune
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
26 7/8 x 16 5/8 in or 68,2 x 42,2 cm
2020
Harlequin Duck, Histrionicus histrionicus, Arlequin plongeur
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
16 1/4 x 17 3/4 in or 41,3 x 45,2 cm
2020
Sternia caspia, Caspian Tern, Sterne caspienne
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
14 3/8 x 18 in 36.6 x 45.7 cm
2020
Least Bittern, Ixobrychus exilis, Petit blongois
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
15 1/4 x 18 in or 38,9 x 45,7 cm
2020
Roseate Tern, Sterna dougallii dougalli, Sterne de Dougall
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
17 3/4 x 26 in or 45,2 x 66 cm
2020
Red-headed Woodpecker, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, Pic à tête rouge
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
21 3/8 x 12 7/8 in or 54,2 x 32,6 cm
2020
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus, Pie-grièche migratrice
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
15 x 17 1/4 in or 38,1 x 43,7 cm
2020
Red Knot , Calibris canutus rufa, Bécasseau maubèche rufa
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
14 7/8 x 17 1/4 in or 37,8 x 43,7 cm
2020
ecofeminist art, ecofeminism, Environment, ecology, photography, biodiversity, drawing, decline, empathy, birds,
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
14 7/8 x 17 1/4 in or 37,8 x 43,7 cm
2020
ecofeminist art, ecofeminism, Environment, ecology, photography, biodiversity, drawing, decline, empathy, birds, environmental justice, birds, black lives matter
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
11 1/8 x 6 3/8 in or 28 x 16,3 cm
2020
ecofeminist art, ecofeminism, Environment, ecology, photography, biodiversity, drawing, decline, empathy, birds
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
18 1/4 x 10 1/4 in 46,5 x 26,2 cm
2020
ecofeminist art, ecofeminism, Environment, ecology, photography, biodiversity, drawing, decline, empathy, birds
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print
19 3/4 x 15 1/2 in or 50,3 x 39,4 cm
2020
ecofeminist art, ecofeminism, Environment, ecology, photography, biodiversity, drawing, decline, empathy, environmental justice, pedro almodovar, bird
Laser-cut acrylic and archival pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, also available as a print. Technique: drawing and collage digitally combined, here the head is from a magazine cut out of Pedro Almodovar
10 3/8 x 14 1/2 in or 26,3 x 36,8 cm
2020

There are over 90 species of birds at risk in Canada and over 90 also in the U.S. I have started this series those common to both countries and focusing on the East Coast. At first I thought that birds were too pretty to represent, that is why I started with the bumblebees in 2019. I first drew the birds and tried to collage on them: it did not work as it did for the bumblebees. Then I came up with the idea of creating a collage separate from the drawing, combining them digitally and laser cutting the contour of the print and acrylic to create an object with the image. The Damoiseaux are also available as a print.

Excerpt from Silent Spring exhibition press release (Miyako Yoshinaga, New York, Sept 25th - Nov 21st 2020) and review by J. Goodman under links section and at this link: whitehotmagazine.com/articles/paul-at-m…)

«Rachel Carson’s 1962 prophetic essay Silent Spring was critical in the banning of DDT. Today we find ourselves witnessing the steep decline in the species of insects and birds that Carson predicted over 60 years ago. In this series, human body parts and consumer products give form to insects and birds, illustrating the plight of the numerous threatened species of North America.

Referring to the images of African-American men and women used in her work, Paul cites the groundbreaking laws adopted for both the environment and civil rights in the early 1960s that have still not been resolved and are now the top political agendas in the United States. Given this parallel as well as the fact that minorities have been disproportionately victimized by our increasingly hazardous environment, Paul’s work strives to honor their resilience and self-empowerment.»

Damoiseau : [a. OF. damoiseau the masculine corresp. to damoisel, damsel.] A young man of gentle birth, not yet made a knight. (Occurring in 15th c. translations from French, and in modern archaists.). If we do not want to use damoiseau in English, the nearest male equivalent seems the lad indeed, the word lad sounding (at least to me) slightly outdated. Lass (feminine of lad) is also given by the OED as a synonym of damsel.
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