“The famous case of the legless Birds of Paradise…arose because all the first Birds of Paradise sent to England had their legs cut off to facilitate packaging. Leglessness thereupon became enshrined as a characteristic of the species, and the popular writers went into rhapsodies at the thought of the little creatures spending all their lives in the air”.
Lynn Barber- The Heyday of Natural History
In a similar way to how natural collections started in the XV and XVI centuries when Europeans started traveling to the “New world”, I started making “naturalist’s” trips to local markets and collecting the species I could find there. These specimens traveling and now representing unknown natural ecosystems from far away were taken back to my studio where I could recreate the environments where I imagined they might came from.
This is the starting point for the recreation of my fictional habitats and classification exercises, where plastic toys and artificial plants are contained in glass as real species. An idilic, contained version of nature: colored, scaled and maintained? in plastic.