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Linda Kuo | United States

A curious Yellow Bellied Caique


Every year an estimated 300 million animals are illegally imported into the United States as exotic pets. Most of these animals retain their natural instincts, behaviors, and dietary attributes––even those captivity bred, remain wild. It is infeasible to replicate their natural habitat, and meet their nutritional needs. From self-destructive feather plucking in birds, to metabolic bone disease in reptiles, the majority of medical issues they face stem from an inability to accommodate their psychological and biological needs. Without proper care, these animals are experiencing compromised lives marked by unnecessary disease and distress. "Displaced" is a look at the efforts of The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine in NYC, as they tend to these delicate animals who have been removed from their natural habitats and transplanted into a foreign environment.

My interest lies in the impact humankind has upon the environment; centering on the benevolence and vulnerability of the animal kingdom. It is the animal that solicits my projects, and most strongly connects me to the underlying sensibilities of my work. Animals and nature are endowed with resilient mechanisms for survival, and possess the ability to continually adapt and yield to changing circumstances. However, their innate and intelligent systems of proficiency, are continually being stressed under the actions of humankind. 

With simplicity and openness, I hope to create imagery that provokes deep consideration and reverence, towards the preservation and responsible stewardship of our environment and the sentient beings that inhabit our world.

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