“I raise questions about our relationship with the natural world, communicating this through the use of; scale, drama, light, and humour. I aim to entice my audience with beautiful, mostly invasive (including us) or endangered species, standing prominent and dominant in their given habitats.” - Amanda Parer
Amanda Parer is an Australian artist who began her art career as a painter and sculptor in Sydney. From 2014 she started creating and presenting public art installations around the globe. Inspired by the dramatic Tasmanian landscape, Parer’s artwork aims to explore the natural world, it’s fragility and the role of humanity within it. Through Parer Studio, her work has been exhibited in over 100 cities and viewed by millions around the globe.
Fantastic Planet is an artwork comprising a series of giant illuminated humanoid figures which seemingly have just landed and are quietly and gently exploring our ‘fantastic planet’. The work is inspired by the 1973 Czech / French film La Planète Sauvage, directed by René Laloux, which depicts a story set in an unimaginably distant future in a world populated by gargantuan humanoids and where human beings are a feral race. This view is shared by naturalist David Attenborough, when he stated that contemporary humans are threatening their own existence and that of other species by using up the world’s resources. “We are a plague on the Earth. It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our growth, or the natural world will do it for us,” he told the BBC Radio Times in 2017.