A work in progress, Ballads is an open-ended series of interconnected drawings, comics and objects, based on tropes, visions and techniques used in 20th century paleoart and naturalist illustration. Motivated by thoughts on representation, conservation, and resurrection of animal ecosystems, I weigh on past and future worlds where animals have only survived as pictures.
The series started in 2019 as part of a research project in the Advanced Master of Research in Arts and Design, Sint Lucas Antwerpen, Belgium. https://www.adma.be/
Ballads map. Ink on paper.
The Ballad of Lonesome George. Ink on paper.
Crystal Dimetrodon. Gouache on paper.
Fresia. Watercolor on paper
Male Mammoth (Timekeeper). Watercolor on paper.
One-Hundred Dimetrodon Dreams. Gouache, pencil and numbered stickers on paper.
Golden Spikes. Cold porcelain and metallic paint.
Iguanodon Couple (Lento). Gouache and acrylic on paper.
Soft Golden Egg. Golden gouache on paper.
La cueva del Neomylodon. Gouache and graphite on paper.
Mourning Martha. Plastic ravens and framed gouache drawing.
Passenger Pigeon Cloud. Ink on paper.
Wild Pugs. Ink on paper.
Pyrenean Ibexes . Ink on paper.
Megatherium. Ink on paper.
Ambergris Number Five. Cold porcelain, acrylic paint and bronze tubes.