Dreamer 'Machli'

 

Dreamer 'Machli' 2014 black Biro on found Midwinter Fawn ceramic figurine

A restful fawn dreams of being hunted by the great tigress Machli. Inspired by layers of photographs taken of the wildlife documentary Natural World: Queen of Tigers BBC 2012 Mike Birkhead Associates with Colin Stafford-Johnson.  Machli was the most famous tiger in the world and the pride of Ranthambore National Park.  Her life was documented from cub to old age in two beautiful and moving films.  This piece represents the natural cycle of life and death in the animal world.  It also represents how vital indigenous prey species are for wild tigers.  Tigers are threatened by wildlife crime but also by habitat loss and therefore loss of prey species.  Machli died in 2016.