Cheeky Observer | FOSSILS
Alicia McFadzean (Cheeky Observer) is a visual artist based in Sydney and Cape Town, specialising in murals, typography, illustration and fine art.
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Fossil #5, The Elephant, Cheeky Observer
Multiple species of elephant make the most Endangered Species list, including the Sumatran, Asian, Indian and African Elephant.


The Sustainability Series

Fossils is an ongoing series, that will comprise of up to 60 artworks, each featuring a creature, an element of the natural environment or a manmade object. Given mankind’s destructive trajectory, each of these things are heading for eventual demise unless we speed up the implementation of creative solutions for how to save our planet.


I’m a big believer in grassroots as the way to implement change. As individuals, we don’t have the power to affect a nation overnight, but we do have the ability to influence the people around us, starting with a dialogue about the subject.


As an artist, I feel an obligation to communicate to people through the mediums of paint and pen; to package a message up in such a way that will hopefully cause people to stop and think, share, or take action.

We are remarkable in our ability to solve problems, to heal ourselves and others, to envision powerful ideas. If you’re reading this blurb now, stop and think for a minute or two, on what kind of impact you can have to help save the environment – for our generation now, and those to come.

People’s denial about climate change comes from the inability to do anything about it themselves. Because it’s threatening. When that fear becomes overriding they use the very primitive part of their brain that has to react. Instead, what we need to do is get rid of that fear. Think logically. Think creatively. Allow a different part of the brain to kick in and think how we as humans can reverse this trend we have caused.

Fossil #17, The Earth's Trees, Cheeky Observer
Human's have cut down a tenth of the earth's remaining plant life in the last 25 years alone.
Fossil #8, The Blue Whale, Cheeky Observer
Endangered species, the Blue Whale.
Fossil #22, The Bee, Cheeky Observer
Pesticides, habitat loss, parasites, and ultimately climate change are endangering the world's bee population, particularly in the USA. Bees are a vital species responsible for pollinating the crops.
Fossil #12, The Giraffe
The giraffe population in Africa has decreased by 40% since the 1980's. Currently two species of giraffe also sit on the Endangered Species list - the West African giraffe, and the Rothschild’s giraffe.
Fossil 52, The United States of America
Behind China, the USA is the second largest country for producing greenhouse gas emissions. Whilst China have recognised the issue and have arguably been seen to try and implement policies to cut emissions, the new president elect Donald Trump has promised to “cancel” the Paris Climate Agreement and stimulate coal production once he takes over.
Fossil #18, The Ice Sheet
The earth's cryosphere (it's frozen regions) is melting faster than ever before in human history. The recent rate of global sea level rise has departed from the average rate and is rising more rapidly - about one-tenth of an inch a year. The potential effects of rising temperatures and sea levels are catastrophic to all creatures living within the earth's biosphere.