Artists' print : Ortolan bunting
Ortolan bunting (Emberiza hortulana).
Louise Jennison, 2018.
Lemonwood engraving on Fabriano Artistico 300gsm traditional white hot-press paper.
The Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana) in happier, safer times. Life “from perch to palate is a gruesome affair indeed. The cruelty begins in the field, where around 30,000 Ortolan buntings are captured every year during the autumn migration, as their flightpath from eastern Europe to west Africa takes them across France — and in particular Landes, a poaching hotspot in the south-west of France. Here, songbirds are trapped in huge numbers, either in nets, or, in Provence, by getting snared by glue smeared on the branches of their favoured trees. BirdLife estimates around 500,000 birds are illegally caught every year in France. Common chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) and Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) are also targets for poachers, and many other species, such as European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) become collateral victims in the annual slaughter. Many birds meet their end here in the field — but the fate awaiting the Ortolan bunting is even worse. Under the guise of tradition, the tiny birds are blinded (to disrupt their feeding habits) and kept in tiny cages, where they are force-fed to increase their fat reserves, before being drowned in brandy, roasted and served.” (BirdLife.org)
All prints come wrapped in an envelope with cardboard insert to ensure arrival of a smooth and flat print to your door.
Paper size 19cm X 15cm.
A limited edition of twenty.
Released at the 2018 NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair, see the making of this print and related tales here.
Please note: price shown in Australian dollars.