Murray@the Valley

The sentinel chickens are the first line of defence against mosquito borne viruses.

This mosquito repellent artist book was inspired by a trip to visit the sentinel chickens at Baringhup West, VIC in March 2017. This visit coinsided with an outbreak of Ross River Fever in Melbourne and the subsequent increase in funding for the sentinel chicken program by the Victorian Government.

This lithographic artist book uses created rhymes and drawings as narrative tools. It considers the perception of animals used in fables and folklore (nursery rhymes) in the context of fear of zoonoses. It is suggested that these rhymes can act as cautionary tales that prevent children and adults from acting in ways which could be harmful and reinforcing the need to use insect repellents to protect against mosquito borne viruses.




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