|'Untitled (Northern Bettong project)', donna davis, 2018, mixed media sculpture. Image donna davis.|
This work is a result of a recent art/science collaboration where I creatively explored Dr Sandra Abell’s work investigating the decline of the endangered northern bettong, its diet and the ecological implications of species loss.
Rather than presenting a fluffy representation of the cute northern bettong I have created a fluffy homage to the distinct foregut of the bettong; exploring the northern bettong’s ecological importance through its unique diet.
The work invites the viewer to peer through the bright pink foregut, into a kaleidoscope, to view the macro and micro world of the bettong’s diet of roots and tubers of kangaroo and cockatoo grass, together with its preferred, and rather refined taste for truffle fungi. Which, inturn supports a healthy and balanced ecosystem due to the symbiotic relationship truffles have with native flora.
The exhibition will be on display from 10th August to 7th September at the Department of Environment and Science, Dutton Park.
This collaboration was thanks to the support of the Artist in Residency program at Tanks Art Centre in Cairns, May/June 2018, and thanks to Dr Sandra Abell, principle scientist Wet Tropics Authority, Cairns.