"A Few" is the third instalment in an ongoing series of natural history illustrations depicting native and resident species by emerging artist Erin Forsyth. A variety of flora and fauna are represented in this collection with special attention given to the butterflies pepe or pūrerehua (Lepidoptera), manu/birds (Avifauna), pekapeka/bats (Chiroptera) and rakau/trees. It is the artist’s intention to continue creating and adding images to this series, which may provide insight to the unique biological (bio) diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Erin Forsyth is an emerging visual artist and illustrator. Forsyth’s practice has focused on exploring the intersection of cultural and bio-diversity often through the use of image production. Her earlier works focused on the production of what she refers to as ‘contemporary archetypal’ or ‘gateway’ images – painterly or illustrative works deliberately familiar with aesthetic reference to various subcultures. This process of image construction is evident in her approach to natural history illustration as demonstrated in "A Few" and in her previous two exhibitions in this series: "New Works", Whitespace Contemporary Art, October 2017 and "In Direction – Plants and People", Studio One Toi Tū, July, 2017.

Preliminary studies for the series of pūrerehua/butterflies were drawn by study of the Lepidoptera collection at the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira with thanks to John Early, the Curator of Entomology and his team; with special mention to Kelly Hall and thanks to Lisa Varga. The selection of manu/bird portraits were commissioned by Predator Free NZ (Wellington) in order to develop a ‘Birds of Aotearoa’ poster.

The large pekapeka-tou-roa, long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus) were created for Puke Ariki Museum (New Plymouth) and will be reproduced in even larger format for the new "East Taranaki Environment Trust Exhibition".

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