This is the first of a series of ten blog posts featuring the work of the 33 artists participating in "Wildlife: Trading and Conservation."  All have generously offered to loan or donate their works to Creature Conserve so the exhibition can travel, and we are now working on the next venue. 

In the meantime, it is my privilege to share with you my photos of their artwork and an excerpt from their artist statements.

The goal of this exhibition is to consider the role of global wildlife trade in driving dozens of species to extinction, while harming human lives and livelihoods; and to empower the viewing public to take part in conservation.  

We begin with the LION, the animal that motivated me to start Creature Conserve. From the exhibition brochure: 

LIONS, Panthera leo (listed as VULNERABLE by the IUCN) are found in sub-Saharan Africa. While most cats are solitary lions are the exception, and are the most social; related females in a pride will often nurse each other’s cubs. Lions are in trouble because of trophy hunting for their pelts, claws, and teeth, as well as for the bush meat (hunting of wildlife for food) trade.

Chloé Bulpin Long Live the King Illustration: Digitial, Archival inkjet print, 19 x 26 in. Maasai warriors have made remarkable changes from their age-old “warriorhood” tradition of hunting lions to one that designates the men as Lion Guardians. In this piece, I aim to tell this narrative from the lion’s perspective.

Chloé Bulpin
Long Live the King
Illustration: Digitial, Archival inkjet print, 19 x 26 in.

Maasai warriors have made remarkable changes from their age-old “warriorhood” tradition of hunting lions to one that designates the men as Lion Guardians. In this piece, I aim to tell this narrative from the lion’s perspective.

Paul Olson Lion Space Sculpture: Stoneware, steel, aluminum, twine, 48 x 48 x 48 in. The delicate web of life on planet Earth is at the tipping point; some would say well beyond it. The only way to save Panthera leo as a wild species is to preserve and protect the huge wilderness it needs to survive in a world of humans.

Paul Olson
Lion Space
Sculpture: Stoneware, steel, aluminum, twine, 48 x 48 x 48 in.

The delicate web of life on planet Earth is at the tipping point; some would say well beyond it. The only way to save Panthera leo as a wild species is to preserve and protect the huge wilderness it needs to survive in a world of humans.

Drea Sullivan Fledgister Graphic Design Web interface, wall mounted iPad This piece is a website mock-up that allows users to work together to summarize the many daily posts that appear on the Federal Register and then critique, discuss, share, and brainstorm relevant actions. The purpose is to promote education and awareness of legislation that will directly affect endangered and threatened species, as well as encourage people to generate and contribute to solutions.

Drea Sullivan
Fledgister
Graphic Design Web interface, wall mounted iPad

This piece is a website mock-up that allows users to work together to summarize the many daily posts that appear on the Federal Register and then critique, discuss, share, and brainstorm relevant actions. The purpose is to promote education and awareness of legislation that will directly affect endangered and threatened species, as well as encourage people to generate and contribute to solutions.

There are many ways to help LIONS. Join me in learning about them, celebrating them, and taking action to protect them.

Graphic Lion (banner) by Christina Ward

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