Exhibitions

On Fox’s Tail

Elina Immonen

A native of Finland and now based in Sweden, Elina Immonen is a photographer and a biologist. In her photographic work she explores the mystique and complexities of nature connectedness, drawing inspiration from places and quiet encounters with wild life close to home. In addition to capturing moments, Immonen enjoys preserving them with hot beeswax using an ancient method of encaustics to give images permanence and a tactile presence. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2018.

On Fox’s Tail

About the exhibition

A quiet growl, a sudden thump. Heart skips a beat; can it really be? A little black nose, and a fluffly-tailed rump!

One evening Elina Immonen and her daughter saw a mother fox carrying a dead bird, a jackdaw, when returning from a café. There must be cubs somewhere, they thought. Perhaps they would get to see them if they were quick and quiet!

When you are five, most paths are still unexplored, and to follow one walked by a fox is special. Elina Immonen documented her daughter’s journey tracking the foxes in a historic fortress at the heart of the city where Immonen grew up. She felt that she was also tracing her own footsteps.

Over half of humankind nowadays lives in urban environments. Built landscapes have become the background to children’s encounters with nature, where they experience what nature is, and how it works. Foxes, jackdaws and other species that have the courage and stamina to sustain themselves in built environments are in many cases the closest to the wildlife a modern child gets. Urban animals are often under-appreciated, but have a role to play in the establishment of sustainable futures by fostering a child’s sense of inclusion with nature. They also show that every path can lead to an adventure.