Rachael McCampbell is partnering with Tinney Contemporary and The Land Trust for Tennessee for an inspiring and insightful exhibit entitled: Endangered Heritage: Nature in the Balance.
A native Tennessean, McCampbell recently returned from Los Angeles to Nashville (Leiper’s Fork) to be near the source of her inspiration—Nature. This connection is strongly evident in her body of large-scale, highly textured paintings of North American endangered species, such as the Whooping Crane, Red Wolf, Florida Cougar, Big Horned Sheep, Stellar Sea Lion, Ivory-Billed Woodpecker and the Nashville Crayfish, among others. A central element of the show, designed to further challenge the viewer, is a sculptural monument comprised of actual bird and animal parts—a memorial to extinct species that have been eliminated primarily due to habitat encroachment. The painterly representations of endangered species surrounding the monument act as a hopeful contrast to the macabre sculpture as they uplift and inspire the viewer to action, shining a spotlight on the urgency surrounding our quickly disappearing natural endowment.