jennifer downey
Breaking the Surface
2013
Oil on wood panel
24 x 12"
$875
In late 2012, I spent a month in the Brazilian Amazon, researching the effect of dams on rivers, their species and ecosystems.

The Black Skimmer depicted here has the distinction of being the only bird whose lower mandible is longer than the upper--it uses it to skim the surface of the water and scoop up small fish. Its nesting sites are disrupted by dams. The Crenicichla Johanna is an ornamental fish who, as part of the larger ecosystem, is also affected by the dams.
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