“The Hunt” Silkscreen by Megan Perra 28″x20″ $250
Megan Perra is a Canadian-American naturalist illustrator from Portland, OR, USA. She was educated at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) in Canada, where she received a Bachelor of Science in zoology and discovered her love of printmaking. In 2017, she completed a Graduate diploma in Visual Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal. Her passion for art and science stems from a single, driving curiosity about the natural world. Her work is informed by a childhood spent barefoot in the woods and rainy days spent pouring over research articles on various topics. Through her art, she hopes to express the dramas of ecology and the beauty of research in a way that makes science accessible to a broader audience.
She’s spent time at artist residencies in Iceland and the Faroe Islands, and went on an extended sea-kayaking trip with the US Forest Service in Alaska this past July as part of the Voices of the Wilderness Artist Residency. In the spring of 2018 she returns to Iceland for a collaborative project on arctic foxes with several researchers.
About The Hunt:
“The Hunt” is a piece inspired by Megan Perra’s time in Faroe Islands. If you look closely, you can see that the background shows the traditional Faroese method of hunting puffins. It was made after a lengthy conversation with a local taxidermist and naturalist on the island of Nolsoy. In recent years, the puffin has been in decline as climate change alters the North Atlantic foodweb. The Faroese only harvest puffins that aren’t nesting, but in particularly harsh years this can mean that they overharvest, taking birds that aren’t nesting in the given year, but might nest in the next.
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