William Wyld

“From your bones we can tell what you ate, how you moved, where you came from in evolutionary terms, and we know how you died. Skeletons present an opportunity to study in detail the mechanics of the many vertebrates we may have never seen, or those we may have only briefly glimpsed in the wild.”

Wyld’s etchings are based on large-scale drawings made over many weeks, both in the studio from specimens he has collected, and those displayed at museums. The printmaking process forces the artist to edit the information recorded, and he enjoys the contrast between the intricate structures he aims to depict, and the very physical, sometimes unpredictable nature of working with steel.

“There is a tension between the movement inherent in these articulated structures, and the total stillness of both image and object, especially as many of the species I work with become more endangered.”