Original artist's statement that accompanied this:
"Around the world, life is vanishing at an alarming rate. Every day about 150 species become extinct, many of which are never discovered by humans. Why are so many wondrous beings disappearing?
Because we keep destroying their homes by polluting the air we breathe, contaminating the water we drink, and obliterating forests for land and wood.
Because we kill animals for their fur, teeth, claws, and organs.
Because we kill wildlife to keep them off “our” land, when it’s really our own fault for diminishing their habitats and natural food supply.
Because sometimes we forget that animals are living creatures that also deserve the same respect, resources, and space as we do.
Tigers may be the largest feline species in the world, but they too are victims. There are only about 5000 to 7400 tigers remaining in the wild. Within the past 70 years, three tiger subspecies have already become extinct. You can see sketches and photographs of the extinct species online and in books, but nothing can ever replace the mystery and wonder of the real animal. All that remains of a species wiped out of existence are shadows of memory. Even the best photographs are merely pictures, ghosts of lost lives. The animals become simply pretty faces, and nothing more.
Please, let us stop destroying the Earth and the unique life that inhabits it.
Please, before she becomes just another pretty face."
I made this back in 2010-11 as a piece for the Creative ReUse Showcase in my senior year of high school. It received first place in its category, "True Trash."
The tiger is painted in acrylics on a discarded pizza box. The painting is mounted using painted bottle caps and copper wire on a used air filter with a grid-like pattern of dust if seen in the right lighting, all of which is attached to a broken screen window.
No glue used at all.
I couldn't really get the screen window and the copper wire embellishments in the image clearly enough to be seen in a photo, but there are ferns and leaf-shapes woven into the screen using copper wire. You can sort of see some of the leaves, but no ferns in this picture. (Bummer. Those took so long...>.>")
Related work from the 2009 art contest:[link][link]