What Once Was. Flocks, Herds and Schools


What Once Was. Flocks, Herds and Schools

Artist: Joanna Rogers

Title: What Once Was. Flocks, Herds and Schools

Attribution: What Once Was. Flocks, Herds and Schools. 2022. Joanna Rogers

Year: 2023

Materials: cotton and thread dyed with iron, tannins and indigo, bubble wrap, found feathers, hooves, fish bones.

Dimensions: 3 pieces. Each piece "30" x 35"

Image Statement: This piece laments past, and foretells future, extinctions. From the decimation of passenger pigeons to burrowing owls, buffalo to caribou, Atlantic cod to Pacific salmon, these three shifts bear witness to our lost and disappearing species. Each shift carefully shoulders its own burden – remnants of once living creatures – and holds it up to the viewer as a testament to human folly. This triptych comes from a place of vulnerability and was created as a response to the climate crisis. These shifts were styled after a vintage woman’s undergarment, which emphasizes the intimacy and immediacy of the piece.