I have created three concepts so far, each fairly different however share a similar theme. I am thinking of leaning towards the Tui as I found more attractive in my design work and also the bias love I have for the birds. I think I will maintain the subtle water colours also.
I have found it some what difficult to find a good artist model that relates well to my work. Andreas Lie has strong harmony however his work is not directly the way I want to go with my work. I have attained a few ideas from pinterest, but nothing from specific artist and usually just very small segments.
For this topic I have decided to use the medium of design, I will be creating a poster to create awareness of the endangered species of birds created by predators.
I have researched a designer/artist named Andreas Lie, his design style and interpretation of animals has a resemblance as to what I want to do for my topic. His work doesn’t necessarily focus on the problems I am trying to face therefore he will be exclusively an artist model.
I have also researched an organisation within New Zealand called, ‘Predator free NZ’ which considerably focus on the topic I have chosen; stopping predators (that have been introduced to New Zealand) killing Native animals, and/or out competing them and therefore oppressing them resulting in endangerment of species. I believe this organisation will be where I will be basing most of my ideas from.
Evidently the result of these native birds going extinct is going to result in a New Zealand in which we cannot call what is was, as the decrease numbers of native birds drops dramatically while the introduced predators increase. For example the Kakapo in which use to range from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island has now became the rarest parrot in world due to the introduction of Stoats which have been killing the Kakapos’. There were 86 recorded Kakapo’s left in the world. (Morris, R. 2008)
Key Term Definitions:
visual activism: It is defined under the lines of impeding, promoting of direct public issues, i.e. social, environmental, political etc through visual texts. (Elephant Journal. 2015.)
change agents: This is the person whom from outside or inside the organisation who organises the effectiveness, improvement and development. (Couros, George. 2006)
cultural critics: A cultural critic is a reviewer of a specific part of a culture.
protest: This is the disagreement of something in which is taken publicly to criticize and try to change.
resistance: This is where someone or something has friction against what they/it are getting told to be.
Couros, George. “5 Characteristics of a Change Agent.”. Georgecouros.ac. 13-01-2006.
“Inspired Voices: 5 Unconventional forms of Activism.”. Elephant Journal. Retrieved 2015-12-09.
Morris, R., & Ballance, A. (2008). Rare wildlife of New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: Random House.
The Topic I have decided to focus on is the endangerment of the native birds of New Zealand. Created by the introduction of mammals into exclusively bird dominated environment. This sudden introduction created a large amount of pressure on these birds as they were not adapted to survive against and/or in competition with these mammals. This has resulted in the oppression of native birds in New Zealand; national icons like the Kiwi have pushed to the boundaries of extinction. To call ourselves a green country and yet remain to not put a stop to this growing problem is but a lie. In this topic I wish to create awareness for this problem through a designed image.
Mirzoeff writes in his book about the ideas of being aware to the problems of the world, and act on the ones you deem worth fighting for. I believe he is trying to explain the idea of knowledge and to not be naïve to the problems around us.
In the video below Dr Graeme Elliott of the Department of Conservation speaks of effects the pests have had on the native birds and how it is possible to control these pests in order to save the ever so dying populations of native birds.