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Collection: Emma Swift Kirkman

The Lost Temperate Rainforest

I spent my first 46 years living in the U.K, latterly close to the Lake district, an ancient landscape with fascinating history and home to the last few remnants of an ancient woodland or ‚ÄėTemperate Rainforest‚Äô which cling on to the mountains which surround the shores of Derwentwater, near to Castlerigg Stone Circle, a place were people met for worship in the Neolithic Period.

On a personal level I believe that all of nature is connected and as an artist my work is always deeply rooted in nature and is intended to be a celebration of my deep joy and reverence for all living things.¬† This body of work ‚ÄėThe Lost Temperate Rainforest‚Äô was part of my MA Creative Practice dissertation enquiry and is my exploration in to the query ‚ÄúWhen did we become so disconnected from nature ?‚ÄĚ

¬†Throughout history our ancestors have relied on their surroundings for food and medicine, taking cue‚Äôs from their environment. They did not need a calendar to navigate their way through the year, rather they were able to understand through the moon and suns phases, animal behaviour and emerging vegetation. I wondered when we began to lose this connection. The Gregorian calendar which replaced the Julian calendar is a modern day invention designed to maximise productivity. Pre Christian cultures and religions are loosely deemed ‚Äėpagan‚Äô.

I chose to represent this enquiry through the Neo Pagan ‚Äėwheel of the year‚Äô which I considered to be a more holistic representation of our ancient and deep rooted connection to nature, rather than the twelve months of the year as set out in the modern day Gregorian calendar. I wanted to represent this phenomenon by using the Temperate Rainforest as inspiration to create a series of images which explore this concept. I visited the Temperate Rain Forest for a full cycle, observing the changes as my ancient ancestors would have done. Each image is full of local knowledge, symbolism, folklore and my passion of protecting our natural world.¬†

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  • Red - browed Finch - Reduction Linocut - Emma Swift Kirkman
    Red - browed Finch - Reduction Linocut - Emma Swift Kirkman
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  • Pardalote - Reduction Linocut - Emma Swift Kirkman
    Pardalote - Reduction Linocut - Emma Swift Kirkman
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  • Banksia Feast - Reduction Lino Print - Emma Kirkman
    Banksia Feast - Reduction Lino Print - Emma Kirkman
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  • Silvereye sky gum - Reduction Lino Print - Emma Kirkman
    Silvereye sky gum - Reduction Lino Print - Emma Kirkman
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  • New Holland Honeyeater - Reduction Lino Print - Limited edition 1/7 - Emma Kirkman
    New Holland Honeyeater - Reduction Lino Print - Limited edition 1/7 - Emma Kirkman
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  • Spinebill and Salvia - Reduction Lino Print - Limited edition 1/9 - Emma Kirkman
    Spinebill and Salvia - Reduction Lino Print - Limited edition 1/9 - Emma Kirkman
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  • Yellow tailed black cockatoo - Reduction Lino Print edition 4/7- Emma Kirkman
    Yellow tailed black cockatoo - Reduction Lino Print edition 4/7- Emma Kirkman
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  • Chattering Wattle - Reduction Lino Print edition 4/11 - Emma Kirkman
    Chattering Wattle - Reduction Lino Print edition 4/11 - Emma Kirkman
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  • Winter Redwing - Reduction Lino Print - Emma Kirkman
    Winter Redwing - Reduction Lino Print - Emma Kirkman
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  • Fieldfare - Reduction Lino Print - Emma Kirkman
    Fieldfare - Reduction Lino Print - Emma Kirkman
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