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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 2015.1.21
Object Name Print
Description "Bird of Paradise Redux," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," wax and pigment screenprint by Dennis O'Neil. Edition: 1/30.

Designed in response to McClung Museum object: 2003.8.26, Six-plumed Bird of Paradise (Parotia sexpennis), 1875, by John Gould and Richard Bowdler Sharpe.

Artist statement: In the book Kingdom Under Glass, author Jay Kirk presents the story of genius taxidermist Karl Ackley and his journey from "stuffing thousands of native and exotic birds for the insatiable fashionable hats and curiosities market" during the early 20th century-to becoming a leading naturalist and environmentalist.
My selection from the collection is Six-plumed Bird of Paradise, a lithograph by John Gould. Not mentioned by the museum was that this print would garner not only wide public exposure and popularity, but perhaps have a negative effect on the bird population itself. This is where my print enters the discussion.
Title Bird of Paradise Redux, from the portfolio Drawn from the McClung Museum
Date 2014
Role of Creator Artist
Creator O'Neil, Dennis
Medium wax and pigment
Material paper | Arches 88
Technique screenprint
Dimensions H-20.5 W-15.125 inches
Credit line Gift of the artist
Subjects Screenprints
Natural History
Birds
Environment
Taxidermy
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