The Ultimate Fate of Jeremy Fisher: a 3D animated video projection, depicting Beatrix Potter’s Jeremy as Toughie the last known living Rabbs' fringe-limbed tree frog.
Place of Publication: National Trust
boredomresearch, Isley and Smith’s ‘The Ultimate Fate of Jeremy Fisher’ is a 3D animated video projection, depicting Beatrix Potter’s Jeremy Fisher surrounded by a magical storm of fungal spores. boredomresearch portrayal of Jeremy is of Toughie the last known living Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog (Ecnomiohyla rabborum) which became extinct in 2016 as a result of an infectious disease in amphibians called Chytridiomycosis, which is invariably fatal. This tree frog, which used to live in the mountains of central Panama is now animated in this artwork, quietly contemplating the outbreak of this disease which rendered its species extinct. The artwork employs the same magical aesthetic that Potter herself used to critically challenge, the social constructs that prevented her own important work in mycology, receiving the recognition it deserved while introducing a major issue of our time. An issue that would undoubtedly have received Potter’s own attention and effort. This artwork of boredomresearch continues in the footsteps of artists like Potter who transcend the boundaries of art and science to present compelling insights into our world. This artwork was produced for a National Trust exhibition, ‘The Women of Wray Castle: Convention and Control’ in Cumbria (March - November 2018), responding to the little known scientific work of Potter. The research for this artwork was supported by the Garden Wildlife Health project team at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and boredomresearch collaborated with the ZSL biologists to produce a public awareness display on Chytridiomycosis which is shown alongside the artwork in the Wray Castle exhibition.