Hummingbirds, Musee Zoologique, Strasbourg

Works On Paper

Finalist

Highly Commended

Ink and watercolour on rice paper, 86cm x 169cm
 
I was forced to fold these pages to facilitate working in a narrow corridor of the Strasbourg Zoological Museum. There are 129 hummingbirds in the display cabinet and the mass of them says something poignant to me about our mania for classification. I drew each individual’s portrait as best I could, one by one.

by Matthew Cheyne