Profiles - Al Munro

Art Almanac
February 2009, p.147

Left: Al Munro, Bird Cage series, 2008, laser print on map and text, cut and collaged, 15 x 7cm

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My work investigates the patterns and codes used to represent and "map" the natural world. It also draws on an interest in the relationship between prints - both traditional and digital - and scientific thought. I am particularly interested in how we construct our ideas and understanding of the natural world - how we understand "nature" in the 21st Century.

The works refer to the historical role printed materials have held in circulating and controlling information about the natural world, but also to contemporary projects in "printing" nature such as genetic profiling and "Dolly" the sheep.