French Threads - For My Children's Children
10 -21 June 2015
Opening Wednesday 10 June, 6.30-8pm
"French Threads - For My Children's Children continues my investigation of female identity and body imaging and considers the human impact on other species. It depicts some of the flora and fauna that my five times great grandmother would have seen in France in the 1750s, but which is now threatened with extinction through human encroachment on habitat and population increase, agricultural practices, hunting for food and clothing - and now climate change.
Even future generation’s view of the stars is threatened by pollution. Some of these creatures and planetary systems will take on mythical status like the unicorn or may only be remembered through art.
One of the greatest challenges to humans, the dominant species, is a duty of care to protect and conserve all other species and the environment for intergenerational equity for all species. This is what my grandmothers would have wished for me, and what I wish for my children’s children."
Marion Manifold, May 2015