IT IS not every day that a pile of dead birds would inspire a work of art.
However, that was just the case for Nelson Bay artist Suzannah Jones whose exhibition A Personal Ecology will show at Newcastle Art Space between October 1 and 18.
CREATIVE: Artist Suzannah Jones at her Nelson Bay studio.
Ms Jones said she was inspired for her latest artistic undertaking after coming across Birdlife Australia magazine in a doctor’s waiting room, which featured a story on a mass die-off of birds in Western Australia due to extreme heat.
“Scientists attributed this event to climate change, with similar events occurring more frequently around the world,” Ms Jones said.
“It was the images that struck me as symbolic and powerful; hundreds of dead birds being piled up and burnt or piled into cardboard boxes.
“It was a powerful symbol of the ecological problems that we have created and now face.”
Ms Jones, a mother to two young boys, said the show was a personal reflection on humans’ place in nature and the ecological crisis in which people find themselves.
“Creating this exhibition has been a challenging process, and I hope it encourages a conversation about our place in nature,” she said.
A Personal Ecology opens at Newcastle Art Space, 246 Parry Street in Hamilton East, October 2 at 6pm.
Opening hours are Thursday to Sunday 12pm to 5pm.
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