Live animals, paper, video 2016-ongoing
Release is a series of works inspired by the Buddhist practice of 'life release', which sees captive animals bought and released into the wild.
Aside from the action of releasing the animal, the project developed unique ways to record the animals' movements in the moments leading up their release.
For example in the case of the birds' release carbon paper was installed in the bottom of the cages to record the marks made by the animals' claws.
Weatherfish were rubbed with nontoxic red ink before being allowed to move freely over paper. The resulting ‘prints’ are unique records of movement, life and compassion.
© Daniel Staincliffe 2017