Blue Jay Fixed I (‘Nature Fixed’ series)
In Blue Jay Fixed I, Jocelyn Purdie pictures an attempted repair of a fleeting natural phenomenon; a blue jay model is violently bound with twine to a severed branch. The image makes no attempt to hide its origins as a studio creation. It draws its power from the absurdity of the gesture and its desperation. In so doing, it raises poignant questions about artistic representation and an artist's role in environmental urgencies.