One of the few works that caught our eye was Abigail’s. Her message to people; to show the beauty of animals, to save them. Her mode of communication was interesting. She actually went around a park to collect remnants of life forms. Rodent bones, feathers, shells etc. We briefly caught up with her to find out more about her work, Extinction.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
- A: I’m a very friendly and approachable person with a heart to learn and the ability to work well with others. I possess a heart for adventure and a love for animals and nature.
My strength is in my illustrations and I strive to be a professional children’s storybook illustrator.
What is ‘Extinction’ about?
- A: Extinction is my final year project that expanded and developed within a span of 11 months. Exploring from birds to land animals to sea creatures and even a bit of flora.
Extinction highlights absence, loss and fragility of the remarkable animals. Portraying animals at their best as well as at their worst, depicting them at a time when they felt no fear of man.
- A: If I can show the beauty of the animals, there is a chance to save them. To create something personal yet universal is a challenge. I hope to use details to touch the lives of others and create a symphony worth remembering, to help the world regain the very essence of ‘life’. The world is singing, but we’ve stopped listening…
The collaterals you’ve used in Extinction include bones and feathers. Tell us about that?
- A: Extinction is inspired from how Natural History Museums curate their works – how they show individual specimens or illustrations as of equal value and beauty.
I actually ventured around Pasir Ris Park quite a few times to find some of the specimens showcased: the feathers, the owl pellet and the tiny rodent bones.
The illustrations were inspired from Charles Darwin’s old sketchbooks, rough yet documentative.
Takeaway message for readers?
- A: I wanted to show people that this is happening if we don’t do something. This outcome of seeing these animals for the last time is real and it’s a very scary thing.
Read on for some facts about Abigail!
Abigail Leonora Lim
24 // Aquarius
Creative Philosophy // Making dreams turn into reality.
Fact // I want people to know I am a kind and helpful person.
Message // The one message is that people will realise the beauty around them before its too late.
FUSSY // I guess I am FUSSY about cleanliness and order in things. Haha.