Fine-art Giclée print on French cold-press watercolor paper
20 x 16 Inches
Signed & numbered
Printed with ♥ by Paragon Press
Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery
Photograph by Guido Floren
"Cirri" by Audra Auclair highlights species of the iconic Nautilus family. There are currently six species still in existence, all of which are protected internationally under CITES Appendix II. They are a living fossil that hasn't changed much in millions of years, and it is estimated that they can live up to 20 years. Unfortunately, Nautiluses are threatened due to over-harvesting, habitat loss and climate change. One climate change-related issue is ocean acidification, which will affect the animal's ability to build its calcium carbonate-based shell. climate threatens their habitat.
"My piece "Cirri" is a depiction of the Nautilus being cut free from netting by its spirit. The Nautilus is a living fossil, that propels itself by its own biological jets that functions a lot like a submarine. Its existence is miraculous and it immediately inspired me after learning more. The Nautilus has existed for 500 million years (yes, they are older than dinosaurs) but they are slow growing invertebrates that take 15-20 years to mature. Once they do mature they only lay one egg that takes one year to incubate, because of this there are now six living species of nautilus that are on the decline. They are often caught up accidentally in fishing lines from overfishing and are trapped for their shell’s inner lining which is used as a substitute for pearls. They are also often trapped for their shells alone to be sold to tourists and shell collectors. Over 1.7 million of this mollusk’s shells were imported to the US in the past 16 years. To help keep this ancient creature alive be sure to avoid purchasing products that have pearls or fake pearl components, also consuming fish from sustainable sources or considering a diet with less seafood can greatly help save this animals population as well as many underwater creatures."
- Audra Auclair -
Audra Auclair is a Canadian artist whose work has spanned across many mediums and her work has been exhibited across the world. She specializes in exploring the surreal and beautiful female form with her transcendent fusion of fine art and illustration. She is inspired by pop culture, travel, movies, fantasy, sci-fi and 90’s/00’s aesthetics as well as the natural world around her. She lives in beautiful a beautiful rainy city Victoria, BC (the flower city), which fuels her work by it’s relaxing community and nature. Audra spends her free time playing video games, wandering through rainforests and swimming in rivers as much as she can. She has spent the past few years creating content for YouTube and running her online store. After taking a year's break from selling her work full time, Audra is opening up a new online shop, Oniberri, where she will continue to sell her creations.