After the group tutorial today I knew I wasn’t happy with my idea for the project and decided to try and think of something completely new. My initial idea was to create work with a personal narrative based on a memory from my life. As I wanted to create illustrative and figurative work for the project I thought I could base the work on my memory of the two cats we had when I was younger. After my feedback in the tutorial I realised that this idea didn’t have enough body to it, and that it was too simple as it didn’t have a wider context for the audience who view the work to relate to.
After this tutorial I decided I wanted to think of a completely new idea, as I wasn’t happy with the route I was going. I tried to think about ideas that related to animals, as I found when doing my research I was most drawn to ceramics work that involved animal imagery. Here are some examples:
I started researching into endangered animals and animals that have gone extinct as this is a big issue in the world currently. I found quite a few interesting websites and thought that extinct animals would be more suitable for the theme of commemoration. This idea could work well with the inclusion of text – the name of the animal and the year it officially was declared extinct.
These are some of the extinct animals that I found when researching:
West African Black Rhino – Officially declared extinct 2011.
Thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) – Last one called Benjamin died 7th September 1936 in a zoo.
Quagga (zebra subspecies) – Last one died 12th August 1883 in Amsterdam zoo.
Pyrenean Ibex – Last one called Celia died 6th January 2000.
Barbary lion – Last one shot in the wild in 1922.
Zanzibar leopard – Last recorded sighting in the 1980s.
Javan Tiger – Last known sighting in 1979, declared officially extinct in 2003.
Mexican Grizzly Bear – Officially declared extinct 1964.
Baiji River Dolphin – Officially declared extinct 2006.
Carolina Parakeet – Last one died in Cincinnati zoo in 1918.
Steller’s Sea Cow – Officially declared extinct 1768.