Jennifer Mullen


‘Regent Honeyeater’

Entered in the Sulman Prize, 2023


2022, oil on panel with rabbit skin glue, 20.3 x 20.3 cm

From a collection of studies of taxidermied birds from Australian Museum and Taronga Zoo. The reference for this painting came from Taronga Zoo, who have a conservation program for this special, critically endangered honeyeater.

Here lies a small natural wonder. An awesome beauty. Forever entombed behind glass. Never again to sing, to nest, to fly. Long may we remember our terrible deeds, our lies the making of our own demise. I will follow you soon. Rest in peace friend. Tomorrow I die.