Woodblock print on map by Kahea Field.
“My inspiration for this piece rooted from a combination of my own personal interpretation of the ‘Alalā and my passion for the distinctive medium of relief printmaking. I believe that the art of woodblock printmaking is a uniquely emphatic and resolute form of two-dimensional image making. I intended to create a woodblock image of the ‘Alalā mainly because I felt the dynamic process of printmaking embodies the ‘Alalā’s powerful character and spirit. I interpret the ‘Alalā as personifying a spirit of confidence and self-esteem, with their powerful, thick beaks and distinctive, assertive vocal calls.
I printed the bold image over a colored topography map of the upland ‘ōhi‘a forests of Mauna Loa, which is one of the parts of the Big Island where the ‘Alalā once used to thrive. I layered the bird’s image over its natural habitat because despite being critically endangered and currently only existing in captivity, I believe that the ‘ōhi‘a forests that it once thrived in will always belong to the ‘Alalā.
This artwork is not intended to serve as a memorial of the ‘Alalā because I have faith in the species making a recovery in the future, but rather as a reminder to ourselves to respect and appreciate the native habitat and species of this island.” – Kahea Field
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