Laurel Roth Hope is a self-taught artist and naturalist. She considers herself “an artist that wishes she was a scientist,” and she brings the two areas together with skill. Laurel Roth Hope uses traditional techniques of carving, embroidery, crochet, like sweaters and collage to transform ordinary materials into elaborate animal sculptures that are both playful and poignant.

Her work is influenced by her background as a park ranger and focuses on the relationship between humankind and nature, touching on topics such as environmental protection, animal behavior, and species extinction. Each suit represents an extinct bird species and highlights the futility of restoring lost biodiversity.

The works are purposely displayed on hand-carved pigeon mannequins to suggest that animals we most abhor are often the ones most capable of thriving within a human-made environment. You can see many more of her Biodiversity Reclamation Suits in this gallery.

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