Sachiko Purser
Endangered Species

Science & Technology

Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
Through this project I am trying to raise awareness of the wave of extinction in the natural world by creating images of these vanishing animals and communicating these important environmental issues to the viewer.

How was the illustration used:
After the exhibition, I will sell my work and donate the profits to animal protection groups thereforecontinuing to raise awareness of the problem. 

How did you make this work:
Species are quietly disappearing from Earth. I capture their existence by creating images of ghostly humanised animals.Japanese Sumi-ink paintings of animal portraits were combined with monochrome photographs of environmental backgrounds. Finally, it was digitally adjusted for the Photopolymer printing method.

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Cambridge School of Art
MA Printmaking
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I am a Cambridge based illustrator and printmaker. I was born and raised in Kyushu, in the southwest of Japan, in an environment which was close to nature and to animals - both of which have had a major influence on me. I had a love of speed and riding motor bikes on the one hand, and drawing and painting on the other. My formal studies focused on dress design and interior design. However, these pursuits were put on hold while raising a family and moving to different countries – a valuable experience because I have had encounters with the different art forms from many cultural backgrounds. When I started to study at Cambridge School of Art, I felt that I came back onto my creativity track. I am passionate about organisms, especially animals and birds. I combine traditional methods such as Japanese wood engraving and Sumi-ink painting with the contemporary perspective of printmaking and digital methods to create mixed organic-technological hybrids.