Biodiversity Reclamation Suit: Carolina Parakeet

  • Laurel Roth Hope, Biodiversity Reclamation Suit: Carolina Parakeet, 2009, suit: cotton, silk, bamboo, wool, and acrylic blended yarn mannequin: basswood, acrylic paint, gouache, glass, pewter, and walnut, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Joyce Schwartz in honor of Judith S. Weisman, museum purchase, and museum purchase from friends of the Renwick Gallery, 2013.76.2A-B, © 2009, Laurel Roth Hope

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Hope uses humor to address the serious subject of species extinction in her Biodiversity Reclamation Suits. These suits allow common rock pigeons to masquerade as extinct North American birds -- if not actually to "reclaim" biodiversity, then at least to give the appearance of it. One can't help but smile, imagining these birds clad in their bright, borrowed feathers roaming our city streets, even as we note that the damage we do to our environment cannot always be undone.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Title
Biodiversity Reclamation Suit: Carolina Parakeet
Artist
Date
2009
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
9 x 8 x 13 in. (22.9 x 20.3 x 33 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Joyce Schwartz in honor of Judith S. Weisman, museum purchase, and museum purchase from friends of the Renwick Gallery

Mediums
Mediums Description
suit: cotton, silk, bamboo, wool, and acrylic blended yarn mannequin: basswood, acrylic paint, gouache, glass, pewter, and walnut
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bird – parrot
Object Number
2013.76.2A-B
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
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