CLAIRE MILNER

HOLOCENE TWILIGHT COLLECTION

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‘HOLOCENE TWILIGHT’ concurrently develops the theme of, and contrasts with the colourful crystal mosaic predecessors belonging to the collection entitled 'True Value'. Here, monochromatic oil paintings represent fading memories and loss. A reimagined version of Pietro Longhi’s ‘Exhibition of a Rhinoceros at Venice’ is a starting point for a series of endangered species within urban settings, metaphors for human and animal displacement. Further paintings in this collection reference Guernica, the most famous war painting in art history, thus representing a call to action for war against poaching and habitat loss and as a wake up call that wildlife populations worldwide have declined by 52% since 1970. 'The Unknown' in the private collection of a British actress and activist, is an allegorical painting about socio-political power disparities. It focuses on the little five: leopard tortoise, elephant shrew, rhino beetle, buffalo weaver and ant lion, as opposed to the usual 'Big Five' who are concealed in the Rousseau inspired background. (Click on images for lightbox).



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