When she is flipping through nature and wildlife magazines and textbooks, Toronto-based artist Jennifer Murphy isn’t just doing it for her interest in these subjects. She is also finding material for her art.
Murphy cuts out small photos of animals, plants, and organic objects from these magazines and then uses them to create nature collages. She uses transparent threads to string the cutouts together and piece them into birds, butterflies, and insects.
Besides the larger picture, Murhpy’s pieces are also full of intriguing scenes and curious details that make them worthy of careful observation.
According to Murphy, she began creating the collages after the death of a friend.
“The work was a way to cope with the grief but also an outlet to hope,” the artist explained. “This series comes at another time of loss, both personal and I believe collective. We now live in a time of ecological mourning and are in desperate need for paths to rediscover hope.”
Check out some of Murphy’s impressive works below.