Cactus Gallery LA
CLAIRE (gyrfalcon) by artist Valerie Savarie
Altered book, acryla gouache, approx. 7.5” x 4” x 1.5”
In the early 2000s, it was observed that as climate change began to temper the Arctic summers, peregrine falcons were expanding their range north, and competing with gyrfalcons.
Although it is specially adapted for high-Arctic life, and larger than the peregrine, the gyrfalcon is less aggressive and more conflict-averse, and so is unable to compete with peregrines, which regularly attack and overwhelm the gyrs. There is a fear that gyrs will become extinct in their former range within the next ten to fifteen years.
perfection in black and white
stealth and charm
purposeful in every movement
a mind that needs no charm
her passion is all encompassing
with unyielding strength
she is gone