Artist Statement

This series came out of a realization that children and young people in my neighbourhood were unaware of common animal and plant names that exist in parks and sidewalks, not just those exciting flora and fauna that are so abundant on wilder beaches, forests and alpine meadows here in and around Vancouver. I began to explore the concept of nativity in plants and animals through my own research and reading. I came to understand that animals I associated with certain regions are rarely the original inhabitants. For example, did you know that Grizzly bear territory once included the prairie provinces and great plains?

 

"Children today spend less time outdoors than any generation in human history. North American kids spend on average six hours each day in front of the TV or computer and less than an hour outdoors. Yet we know that time outside and in nature makes our bodies and minds happier and healthier in a dramatic, measurable way."

- David Suzuki

 

References:

"The David Suzuki Reader," by David Suzuki and Bill McKibben. August 23, 2014. Greystone Books.

"A Country Called Childhood: Children and the Exuberant World," by Jay Griffiths. November 11, 2014. Counterpoint.

"The Once and Future World," J. B. Mc Kinnon. September 24, 2013. Random House Canada.