Stevens Street Gallery

Tess Chodan

Artist Statement

Ethics and sustainability

I take seriously my responsibilities in procuring specimens that are from truly sustainable, non-endangered sources. My work is very much a mix of older insects from antique collections (I painstakingly take apart and remount specimens from pieces that are anywhere from 40 to 130 years old) and those from modern collections.

These are insects that are derived from breeding programmes in countries such as Costa Rica, Madagascar and Indonesia, many of which are funded by government bodies in association with local conservation groups. These programmes are an ideal way of researching and safeguarding indigenous species of insects, as well as providing a source of income for the local economy. Ethical butterfly collecting helps preserve the Earth’s ecology since it allows local people to raise butterflies to support their families, giving them an incentive to maintain the rain forests and jungles.

By supporting these farming efforts, the land can be kept profitable for the locals without the need to resort to drastic deforestation or industrialisation.

It is loss of habitat, not collecting, that adversely affects insect populations.

The life-span of many moths and butterflies is just a few days, and so in reality most specimens have died of natural causes before they are prepared.

Biography

Biography

2019

Untited
March 2019
Traffic Jam Gallery,
Sydney

 Group Show
April 2019
Stevens Street Gallery,
QLD
 
Art+Climate=Change
May 2019
Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD

2018

 AAADA
August 2018
White Bay, Sydney
 
Taste of Art
February – March 2018
Noosa Regional Gallery QLD

2017
 
Salon Show
Oct – Dec 2017
Steven Street Gallery, QLD

Making Do
July – October 2017
Bribie Island

Seaside Museum QLD
Momento Mori
March-April 2017
Incube8r Gallery, Fitzroy,

Melbourne 

2015 – 6

Group Show
Nov 15  – Feb 16
Good Gallery, Frome, Somerset UK

Bazaar
Dec 15 – Jan 16
Bull Mill Studios,
Wiltshire UK

Follow That Star
Nov – Dec 2015
Paul Street Pop-Up,
Somerset UK

A R T I C L E S

‘Profile’, feature, May 2019
‘Art from Antiques’, Traces, December 2018
‘New Life..’, cover and feature, Coolum News 2018
‘In the Workshop’, Reclaim (UK) October 2016
Cover, and feature, The List (UK) December 2015
www.incube8r.com.au/meet-artist-hunter-collector/ 

website: https://www.tesschodanartworks.com

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