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WILD OBSERVATIONS: NEW WORKS

Deborah Mitchell

Sanger Gallery

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Wild Observations explores change in wildlife corridors, combining scientific research with artistic interpretation. The paintings, installations and photo-based works featured recount ecological and cultural studies of observations occurring in our wild places. These color drenched works include mammals, birds, botany and landscapes, some layered with correlated scientific data. The data originates from corresponding articles, obtained while researching at Field Stations and National Parks. The thrust of the exhibition is to trigger dialogue about resilience and adaptation—conversations that are necessary to inspire interest in restoring ecosystems and combating climate change and habitat loss.

Deborah Mitchell’s research takes her into the field, where she pays particular attention to active migratory corridors, called flyways, which demonstrate the natural world’s interconnectivity. These arterial highways where migratory birds fly, rest and feed stretch across the globe and, in the case of the Atlantic Flyway, run from northern Canada to the Caribbean Sea, and on to tropical South America. Mitchell visits field stations, strategically placed in these flyways, to research changes in biodiversity. She sees National Parks and Field Stations as windows to ecosystems, where ecological responses to water, weather, animals and even humans constantly change. Scientific research and the management of our wild places provide support for the air that we breathe, our food web, and water supply. The long-term survival of species facing possible extinction depends on how we respond to an urgent call to action; protect the land and oceans, reduce fossil fuel consumption, slow human population needs, and reconnect to the natural world.

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