Boa Constrictor. Wales, 2017. © Craig Redmond
This series explores the unnatural captivity of wild animals in zoos - ‘False Environments’ where the paintings of trees, rocks and other landscapes may fool the viewing public but do nothing to benefit the lives of animals who will never experience freedom.
"I gave up on zoos when I outgrew field trips and birthday parties, and since then I haven’t seen giraffes, hippos, lemurs, bears or tigers. Maybe I will meet lemurs, at some point, if I manage to make it to where they live, and maybe I won’t, in which case, I won’t.”
Randy Malamud, Professor of English at Georgia State University, USA, and author of Reading Zoos: Representations of Animals and Captivity