Extinction Studies is a twelve-month durational performance in which Tasmanian artist Lucienne Rickard will undergo a daily task: drawing, then erasing, a recently extinct species. Beginning each day during museum opening hours, Lucienne will draw and erase on the same paper, eventually worn thin by the marks and indents of loss.
Each extinct species is sourced from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, the authoritative list of extinct and threatened species used by scientists globally.
Extinction Studies merges art and science, a ‘study’ being both a technical art term – for a drawing or sketch done in preparation – and more generally understood as the practice of devoting time and attention to understanding a topic, which, in this case, is the process of species extinction and concerns for the future of biodiversity in the natural world.
Commissioned by Detached Cultural Organisation
Presented by TMAG
Dates: 6 September 2019 - 1 September 2020
Location: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) Link Building