Pie down

Oil on linen

The Eurasian magpie (Pica pica) is known to recognise its own reflection, one of only a few species to pass the ‘mirror test’, a cognitive experiment. They have also been demonised throughout European history, where myth and superstition abound. In this painting, this taxidermy pie is not regally placed, but rather reflecting, on its side. Science, narrative and symbolism underpin my work, where I consider our engagement with and impact on the natural world. This work is part of a series, where I have worked with licensed wildlife collections in Australia and France (where this pie was painted).

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by Nic Mason