Carrie Walker collects found landscapes that are rendered in both pencil and watercolour on paper. Onto each landscape she paints or draws an animal into the scene using gouache, an opaque watercolour paint. She attempts to blend the creatures as seamlessly as possible within the existing landscape. Despite this effort, the animals do not belong. They are out of context and out of scale to their surroundings.
“For this suite of drawings”, Walker writes, “I selected winter landscapes and inserted species whose coats change to white in winter. I am always learning about the subjects I paint, and I learned that as the climate shifts and there are fewer days of snow in some regions around the world, these animals’ white coats are out of sync with the snowfall. Mismatched to their environment, they are especially vulnerable to predation or in the case of the predators, less able to hunt successfully.”