By Marc Alexander from his ‘The Secret Forest’ exhibition. ‘Rabbit Hole‘, archival paper prints in various sizes.
Many of Marc’s artworks are available as fine art digital prints. Professionally photographed and printed on large format inkjet printers, these prints are limited edition numbered bottom left and signed bottom right. The paper used is 320g Hahnemuhle archival watercolour paper. The process employs fade resistant, archival inks, which boast a 100+ year fade-proof guarantee.
The paper prints are sold plastic wrapped on an acid-free foamcore backing board. These prints are also available in varying sizes of canvas.
Rabbits are small mammals with fluffy, short tails, whiskers and distinctive long ears, they can be found almost everywhere in The Secret Forest. Mostly known for their insatiable reproductive habits, breeding three to four times each year. This is because only 15 percent of baby rabbits make it to their first birthday. Each pregnancy produces three to eight babies, called kittens or kits. (“Bunny” is just an affectionate name for a rabbit, young or adult.) After four to five weeks, a kit can care for itself. In two or three months it is ready to start a family of its own.
If there is a lack of natural predators, an area can quickly become overrun with rabbits. Owls, hawks, eagles, falcons, feral cats and red foxes keep the forest’s rabbit population in check. The rabbit’s long legs and ability to run for long periods at high speeds help them elude things that want to eat them. These herbivores eat grasses, clover and some cruciferous plants, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts. They are opportunistic feeders and also eat fruits, seeds, roots, buds, and tree bark.
The Secret Forest
I have always been interested in forestry, particularly its aspects of conservation and regeneration. The inspiration for this body of work stems from my love and gratitude toward God for His marvellous creation. I hope to share this appreciation with friends, family and my supporters, specifically drawing attention to the need to protect and care for our forest’s rich biodiversity and fragile ecosystems.
The Secret Forest is a paradise of my imaginings, an ideal and wondrous world, alive with many fascinating life forms. I often get lost in its wooded beauty, trailing shadowy pathways and streams, searching every nook and cranny amongst tangled root systems and moss-covered rocks just so that I can feast my eyes on its hidden treasures. This is a place where the feral imagination could easily envisage the likes of, elves and tree Ents. A place entirely unspoiled by mankind and the age of machines.