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Ronelle Reid

I Had Nowhere To Go Anyway | Original

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'I Had Nowhere To Go Anyway' is one of two works created by Ronelle Reid as part of our lockdown challenge exhibition 'Small Wonders'.

Each piece in the series celebrates two New Zealand's natives, captured together in unique pairings. The pairing of two species that wouldn't normally be captured together is a signature of Ronelle's: drawing attention to the interconnectedness between species and inviting viewers to engage in the character and personality of the individual animals.

Quirky Fox recommends float framing this piece in a simple box frame.

Year: 2021

Dimensions: 100mm (w) x 150mm (h)

Medium: Watercolour pencil on Fabriano paper

Quirky Fox: Art + Framing

Australian artist Ronelle Reid lives and works on a semirural Queensland property.

Inspired by her love of animals, she uses ink, oils and watercolours to create detailed, visual narratives that explore the relationships between animals and their habitats.

Her style is a combination of colourful, naturalist work with quirky compositions that pair species that don’t normally coexist or share habitats. She invites viewers to ask why the rules of land, air and sea no longer apply and wonder why fish happily swim through the antlers of a bongo antelope and butterflies flutter around a moray eel.

Ronelle spent countless hours studying animals in museums, using the taxidermic displays to understand and convey their forms. It wasn’t until she started work in animal welfare that she gained a new perspective. 

Now, fuelled by this understanding, she combines her formal education in painting, and printmaking to plan each composition, purposefully breaking the rules of taxonomic categorisation. In doing so, her work draws attention to the interconnectedness between species and invites viewers to see how they are being forced to adapt in rapidly changing ecosystems or risk extinction. 

These pairings also invite people to engage in the character and personality of the individual animals, challenging them to see them as more than just objects to be studied and classified.