It’s been almost a year now since I completed the original Hunting+[-Habitat]=Extinction painting. Apart from entering it into a competition, I haven’t done anything with it until now. As you know I’m absolutely passionate about our kangaroos and sadly I continue to be horrified at how they are treated as a native to this country. The kangaroo meat industry are making millions by killing these stunning creatures and selling meat here and overseas for human and dog consumption. The tourist industry also have to have their cut when selling various body parts and their skins to our overseas visitors and of course the farmers continue to persecute them for being on farm land. Then of course there is the massive impact expanding human development has on them.
So, of course I needed to make a statement piece and the original was just that. I can’t sell version I, or make copies available because of course it bears a coat of arms. Although many people who saw it in the exhibition didn't actually notice the kangaroo was missing out of the coat of arms. Probably because the human brain automatically fills in things it expects to see in a certain place. Not sure if this talent will work though once kangaroos are obliterated from the wild.
That aside I do want to promote the uniqueness and beauty of our national emblem and so I decided to rework the background and 'tame' it down a lot. I did this by putting these unique souls back into the habitat they belong in and so now version II prints are available for sale.
I do hope you like this piece and I hope you appreciate the passion and the meaning behind it. I just want to make a difference, even if that difference motivates you to research the fact and fiction behind kangaroo killing whether it be by the meat industry or culling, or you stop buying kangaroo meat for your dog. Anything…small or major it will be well worth the love I put into this particular work.
'Hunting+[-Habitat]=Extinction' features two orphaned Red Kangaroos that were in rehabilitative care. Peri is the red Red Kangaroo and Ariel is the blue Red Kangaroo. These two also feature in my self portrait ‘Trying to Make a Difference’
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Samantha "I'm a person who feels I live in paradise and truly love Australia after immigrating here in 2003. I work as a foreign exchange trader, live with my true soul mate, husband Albert. I have a passion for Aussie wildlife and became a registered wildlife carer in 2005 and can say I feel truly privileged to be able to raise and rehabilitate orphan wallaby/kangaroo joeys. I love these creatures with my heart and soul. My dream is to be able to help struggling volunteer wildlife carers, financially, so that they can do what they do best without worrying how to pay the next vet bill"