Natural Science Collections

A collection of original photography and multimedia artworks on paper inspired by the natural science collections at New Walk Museum in Leicester. The collection of artworks has been developed from the Bird Skins exhibition, Lightbox Gallery at LCB Depot in Leicester (May – June 2019).

Stevens has taken inspiration from the colour palette of the natural world and reinterpreted the museum collection of bird skins, to provide a fresh perspective on taxidermy with an abstract and contemporary finish.

Her bold and instinctive mark making focuses on the order, variety and beauty of colour in nature. To create this collection she has used household and acrylic paint, wax pastels, spray paint, Indian ink, pencil, graph paper and genuine 24 carat gold leaf onto photographs of birds from the museum collection (taken by photographer, Bill Newsinger).

Stevens was inspired by Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours, an early colour dictionary, outlining colour matches across the natural kingdoms. Darwin referred to it in his notebooks from the voyage of The Beagle. One of the most significant colour dictionaries’, A Nomenclature of Colours for Naturalists (1886), was developed by Robert Ridgeway, an American ornithologist for bird identification, which was developed in 1912 naming 1,115 colours, paving the way for the Pantone colour charts of today.