a story of vanishing creatures

This work is inspired by the Passenger Pigeon Project, a group of scientists, artists, and educators working to raise awareness of species loss and promote preservation.

the passenger pigeon story:

September 1st, 2014 marks one hundred years since the death of the last passenger pigeon, a species whose numbers are estimated to have been between 3 and 5 billion in North America. 

Following European settlement, habitat loss and hunting on a massive scale wiped out what may have been the largest bird population in the world. 

about this work:

These mixed-media paintings are influenced by the fragile balance of the natural world and the continuing conflict between mankind and the environment. 

The images portray living things as fleeting and temporal and speak to the mystical quality of life.

This project was funded by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission.

The creation of this series of paintings is funded through a
Maine Arts Commission
Good Idea Grant.

All images copyright Maya Kuvaja 2015.

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