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On one sheet of paper tacked to the wall of a gallery in Tasmania the Australian artist LUCIENNE RICKARD took 16 months to create “Extinction Studies.” Throughout the project she created 38 large-scale, meticulous sketches depicting flora and fauna from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. She then erased and rubbed out each drawing. Says the artist “We have this idea that extinction is an old problem. In fact, the opposite is true.” And, as she erased them, “If we don’t do something soon, this is what will happen.” On the left is “Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus” On the right is the remaining shadows of the drawings.
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