Made Scarce, 2015

80 x 60 x 20 cm, porcelain with ceramic glaze, 2016


Scarce is an elaborate Rococo styled fox ornament. In Australia, the fox is a feral species. A carnivore in a country where there are few native meat eaters the fox has thrived. In my work, I use out of control pests as a metaphor for humans mismanagement of the environment. In the 1700’s the Rococo was a period of excess for those who could afford it and the lifestyle of this period was lavish. This was reflected in the artwork and decor of the time which included excessive amounts of gold, colour, design and flowers. Extinct flowers adorn the sculpture Scarce, rather than the more traditional and sentimental Rococo use of European flowers, reflecting our effect on the natural world.