This installation depicts the entire population of southern resident killer whales: currently 72. This unique group of orca have been a small population since numbers were first recorded in 1976—fluctuating between 70 and 99 members. The wire sculptures are grouped in three clusters to depict the family compositions of J, K and L pods (left to right on the wall). This installation echoes the fragility of their fluctuating population and highlights the value and importance of each individual
About the Artist: Natasha van Netten is a Victoria-based visual artist. Her practice focuses on whales, cetology (the study of whales) and marine sciences. She received a Diploma of Fine Art from the Vancouver Island School of Art and has exhibited in the United States, Czech Republic, Russian Federation, New Zealand, Iceland and in various Canadian galleries and venues.