INOPIA

a collection of work for the Natural Heritage project

'A Pile of Mice' Pen and Marker on Paper, 2017

'A Pile of Mice' Pen and Marker on Paper, 2017

'The Seven Sparrows' Pen and Marker on Paper, 2017

'The Seven Sparrows' Pen and Marker on Paper, 2017

'Woodland Caribou', Pen and Marker on Paper, 2017

'Woodland Caribou', Pen and Marker on Paper, 2017

'Inopia' Pen and Marker on Paper, 2017

'Inopia' Pen and Marker on Paper, 2017

 

The Natural heritage project is a series of exhibitions advocation for wildlife and habitat conservation. 

'2000 Caddisflies' Pen on Paper, 2017

'2000 Caddisflies' Pen on Paper, 2017

'Gray Wolves' Pen and Marker on Paper, 2017

'Gray Wolves' Pen and Marker on Paper, 2017

INOPIA - Aritst Statement

'Inopia' encompasses a small selection of species who have been identified as endangered or extinct in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Sarah Nelson has worked to capture the emotions of coming to know the beauty of something while simultaneously watching it disappear. It is both a collection to document these species existence, celebrating their beauty and elegance, and also to demonstrate the vital interdependence between various species, as well as the creatures and their habitats. 

All works have emulated the illustration style of artists who, throughout history, have accompanied explorers and scientists documenting new species. Although the style harkens back to historical documents, each of Sarah's works was created with a personal perspective generating some pieces that are 6ft tall, and others that deteriorate or disappear, and all have been made with a relatively new medium: pen and marker on paper. 

'Inopia' is an invitation to better know the rare, elegant, and rich world of this region's Natural Heritage. 

For what is good for the world is good for us, and we are richer for better knowing the world and what is good for it. 

ALL PHOTOS BY DANE PEDERSON