Frameworks of Absence
Responding to avian species loss, Ballengee physically cut the birds from historic John James Audubon prints. Acquired over several years, original prints were chosen from the time when the depicted bird species became extinct. For example, in RIP Pied or Labrador Duck (2007) the birds were removed from an original 1856 Royal Octavo (hand-colored by one of Audubon’s sons) printed at the same point in history the actual species became extinct. The resulting image minus the subject is what the artist refers to as a “framework of absence.” Ten of the Frameworks were exhibited in 2009 in the exhibition, From Scales to Feathers.
TedxDeExtinction talk by Ben Novak about de-extinction of the passenger pigeon.