This kind of animal illustration is quite popular these days, but when I saw Peter Carrington’s, it really stood out to me.  I think the animals themselves are beautiful, and the clean geometric lines and shapes add an extra, subtle level of intrigue.  My favorites are the pieces that reference scientific illustration.  They remind me a bit of work by my pal Cassandra Warren, which I’ve been following a long time; I’ve always been attracted to this style.  (And speaking of pals, I found out about this work from the blog, Stuck With Pins, by Corinne Alexandra.  Her blog is a great mix of art/taxidermy/dead animals/lifestyle, and definitely worth checking out.)

From the artist’s statement: My practice began as a portrait of my futile search for knowledge, in the face of dyslexia. I have always been inspired by vintage journals of science, geometry and natural history, all of which I wish I could academically conquer. I began creating seemingly scientific drawings, prompting viewers to read them in such a way as to gain knowledge. After realizing that this is impossible and that the visual languages of science are orphaned from their keys, I aimed for these decontextualised images to be viewed in a new light. Harsh lines of labels, even letters, became abstract, and new meanings would be found. I have since consolidated my research to create a visual language of my own. Mark making inspired by vintage zoological plates combine with geometry diagrams and pattern from scientific graphs become symbols, making the viewer question if these are images of science, nature, mystical or the occult.

*This has been a scheduled post; I’m at the SPE National Conference in Baltimore this week!*

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Found via: Stuck with Pins