Dawn Badland
Tell Tale Signs

Dawn Badland’s work explores the visual culture of nature & creates an opportunity to transform our perceptions and understanding of the natural world. It produces multiple references through highlighting & distorting what is normally perceived. Using print & other reproductive methods, she is able to remove imagery from its original form, whether this is archival material or a photograph she may have taken. The outcome creates a vaguely familiar or recognizable idea, a sense rather than direct replication. It is this ambiguity that holds interest for her : a sideways glance rather than a gaze, counter to the notion of scientific examination.

Tell Tale Signs
Solo installation in conjunction with The Hastings Rarities Affair exhibition.

18 - 26 September 2010
thur | fri | sat | sun 2-5pm
preview | friday 17 september 6-8pm
other times t : 07594701425


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The installation is in conjunction with The Hastings Rarities Affair Exhibition, hosted by
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
25 September 2010 - 2 January 2011.


The Hastings Rarities affair is a case of putative ornithological fraud. Two articles in the August 1962 issue of the journal British Birds made a case for several records of birds collected within a 20 mile (32 km) radius of Hastings, in Kent and Sussex, between 1892 and 1930, to be treated with suspicion. Consequently 29 bird species or subspecies were dropped from the British List and 550 records, relating to 80-90 species, were rejected.
Most records recommended for rejection were of specimens that had passed through the hands of George Bristow (1863-1947), a taxidermist and gunsmith of St Leonards-on-Sea.
Bristow was suspected of having been the perpetrator of a series of frauds through importing bird specimens from outside the British Isles, and selling them to wealthy ornithologists, such as Walter Rothschild, as having been procured from the Hastings area.

There is a Hastings Rarities Affair cabinet in the Natural History Collection at the Museum.
Hastings Museum & Gallery


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