Mama Madu by Alina Buchmann. All Rights Reserved.
Our world's ecosystems have become increasingly fragile and precarious, namely due to human interference. As we develop and grow as a species, the animal world is shrinking. Many species that once flourished are now severely threatened by extinction. In the mixed media triptych entitled ‘Hanging by a Thread’, I have chosen to highlight several species residing in Sumatra that are currently categorized as Critically Endangered. Using thread and nails, I have loosely captured each animal in an ephemeral manner.
Orangutans are one of our closest and most enigmatic cousins. The name "orangutan" literally means "Person of the Forest" and was derived from an aboriginal belief that they were humans hiding in the forest. Orangutans, currently listed as ‘critically endangered’ are facing extinction at a remarkable rate because of the extent of habitat that has now disappeared; man and the palm oil industry remain the biggest threat to what is left of the orangutan.