Alina Bliumis, Amateur Big Cat Watching at Passport Control, Album 2016-2017, Series of 39 works on paper, 12x9 inches each, Relief etching on paper, Unique. 

AMATEUR BIG CAT WATCHING AT PASSPORT CONTROL

Amateur Big Cat Watching at Passport Control focuses on the big cats which are featured on passport covers from countries around the world. From lions to jaguars, from Armenia to the United Kingdom, this series explores the intersection of nature and nation.

Big cats are often one part of a national system of hereditary symbols, or a coat of arms, and appear debossed in metallic gold on passport covers. I spotted 67 big cats or big cat-related creatures on 39 passport covers.

For the series, I isolated each animal from its national symbolic context and drew it true to the source, with a focus on the species’ characteristics: a spotted jaguar (Guyana), a raging lion (Dominica), a Persian leopard (Ossetia) and a lion-like creature, Chinthe (Myanmar).

Each big cat was drawn on a copper plate, etched and one copy printed. Prints are organized in four groups: Big Cats of North/South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia/Australia.

Amateur Big Cat Watching at Passport Control, Album 2016-2017 is comprised of 39 works on paper, 12x9 inches each, relief etching on paper, unique.