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Estraven Lupino-Smith

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Continuing in my series honoring nocturnal creatures, this piece brings together the barn owl (Tyto alba) and hawthorn (Crataegus). Many species of hawthorn have been used in traditional medicines and it is used in western herbalism to strengthen the cardiovascular system.

This print is a part of a series that depicts animals that are active at dawn and dusk or nocturnal. Through this series I am exploring the transformation of our natural, cultural and constructed environments under the night sky. These prints also explore the connections between humans and other animals through our interactions in shared environments. Many of the animals featured as a part of this series have been vilified, and are still considered pests or dangerous. I wanted to celebrate these survivors, who live among us in cities and other human occupied areas.

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