Marina Zurkow, ‘Heraldic Crests for Invasive Species: North American Gray Squirrel’, 2011, bitforms gallery

Heraldic Crests for Invasive Species series: Featuring twelve of the predominant invasive species in Northern England, and describing their origins, allies, enemies and victories, Heraldic Crests for Invasive Species leverages a local narrative language of power and conquest. In an additional turn, the twelve species were chosen for their edibility: some are eaten in their countries of origin, some even considered delicacies; others were introduced as food schemes that went awry. Other species' edibility is incidental: they were first imported as exotic ornamentals in ponds or gardens or came as hitchhikers in the moving of global goods. The rhetoric around these species is combative, and they are usually vilified as foreign enemies. As the Romans said, De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum: There's no accounting for taste. Additional credits: Frame fabrication: Zevensuy Rodriguez, Lara Grant, Chad Nelson Frame: 33 x 26" / 83.8 x 66 cm
Print: 16 x 18" / 40.6 x 45.7 cm

About Marina Zurkow

New media artist Marina Zurkow creates research-based animated films that explore the subject of human relations with animals, plants, weather, and the media cultures that develop around these themes. “My work is about the networked stories we tell ourselves about our place in the larger world, the interwoven and often conflicted threads of this, and how these are represented in mediated form,” Zurkow says. In response to online viewing behaviors—particularly the short attention spans of online audiences—Zurkow makes layered psychological narratives that have neither continuous thread, nor beginning or end. Zurkow creates many of the images used in her films by hand, as in Mesocosm (Northumberland UK) (2011), a 146-hour film about a yearlong cycle of life in the moors of northern England, involving weather phenomena and a cast of 150 characters—an investigation of the nature of human relationships with changing landscapes.

American, b. 1962, New York, New York, based in Brooklyn, New York