‘When I draw dead things I do so because I want to draw out the beauty, preserving it and disconnect it from the decay, treasure it and in some sense resurrect it’

Jessica Albarn

An interest in death began as a child when my first rabbit died and I dug it up. I must have been only five or so at the time. It filled me with horror and fascination. But what drove me to do it was to resurrect my rabbit and hold on to the life that was lost. It was an experience that had a big impact on my creativity in future years. Art is often monumental and masculine in tradition. My work in contrast to that, celebrates the small and the endangered. And re-visits the extinct.


As we now all know the bees are under serious threat through a deadly combination of pesticides and fungicides used in crops as well as other polluting factors including car exhaust. They also face a loss of diversity of quality food sources as monocrops take over more land. The Human race is dependent on these pollinators to grow food and without them we will begin to starve, alongside many other species. I want to pay homage to the hardworking Bee by drawing as many as I can.