Field Notes, the Reports of Seasoned Observers - a series of works which draws on Rachel Carson's classic book Silent Spring. First published in the early 1960's, it's content remains as relevant today. The book brings raises awareness of the consequences of the indiscriminate use of agricultural pesticides, and the impact on wildlife and the environment.
Having spent several weeks viewing the egg collections at Southend Museum, alongside discussions with the curators, I was made aware of the contentious issue surrounding displaying these old collections. Public attitudes have moved on and we now live in an age where environmental issues are rarely off the agenda. It is now illegal to remove or possess wild birds eggs.
Carson's own words are used to highlight aspects of her concerns. Using freely available "over the counter" egg shells, I have created empty fossilised vessels, a reminder of loss and the consequences of not paying attention.