Dec 6, 2015
Charcoal, pastel, punctured drawing, linen book binding thread and entomology pins on paper, 30 x 44 inches.
The Explorers Club
Exhibition runs December 10th-17th.
46 E. 70th Street
(Between Madison and Park Avenue).
The Explorers Club Artist-in-Exploration program, sponsored by Rolex, will hold its second-annual artist's exhibit in the Trophy Room and the first-annual artist's lecture in the Clark Room, on Thursday, December 10, 2015. Our 2014 Artist-in-Exploration, Tanya Chaly, an Australian artist living in New York City, will talk about her expedition and work, "Gorongosa in Restoration - Cu baliwa cutswa," documenting the continuing restoration of Gorongosa National Park in Central Mozambique.
Gorongosa was once one of the richest wildlife refuges in the world, but it was decimated and virtually lay in ruins by the end of the civil war that raged from the mid-1970’s until 1992, following independence from Portugal in 1975. In 2004, an initiative through the Carr Foundation established a foundation to ensure and aid the recovery and restoration of the park and surrounding war-torn communities.
Her project was to produce a suite of works based on the ongoing restoration of Gorongosa National Park. While in Gorongosa, she spent time in the E.O Wilson laboratory there, photographing and sketching specimens, as well as taking day trips and drives into the park. She was interested in documenting the many aspects of the restoration of the park from the smallest components looking at insect populations, plant and seed dispersal data, as well as larger perspectives such as the distinct geographic zones of the park, the monitoring of animal population changes and the return and re-introduction of mega fauna. The work that resulted from her expedition includes three distinct bodies, a Specimen Suite, Fieldwork Studies and a set of large scale drawings.
This work was produced with the assistance of the 2014 Artist-in-Exploration Award (Rolex USA).