I am so delighted to be a part of this show, honoring the existence of the Crovidae family which is wide in it's variety of birds and covers so much range of our beautiful planet.
I was unable to attend the opening to the CONSIDERING CORVIDAE exhibit last Friday evening at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Gallery so I missed the pleasure of visiting with the other artists and attending gallery patrons. The upside is, through various correspondence with me, one of my collectors expressed she had interest in the piece I used in my show announcement (see previous post). On Thursday morning I delivered my 4 pieces and shared with the staff about the interest in the piece and asked if the gallery would hold it till she could come over from Seattle to see it in person Friday afternoon. Graciously all the stars aligned as she was able to get there moments prior to the opening. It all turned out well for everyone as it seems the piece spoke to her and she is now the new guardian of CORVUS ENVY, pictured below. Thank you so much C.A.
Being envious of the capacity of aerial navigation often brings about the want to be like a bird, have the freedom of flying free in the sky, as far as far can be, even to the stars and as far as the constellation Corvus (as seen in the background). CORVUS ENVY plays with that idea as I often imagine myself flying and viewing what is seen from that soaring perspective while I watch a bird's flight in the sky...
Now we come to PRECIOUS. I am happy to say this is another piece, thus far, that has sought new guardianship. It's not surprising this characterization of behavior would touch a nerve or funny bone in someone considering all of the corvid's various and quirky personalities. With that we often witness thievery in the behavior of the Corvidae Family of birds, namely Crows and Ravens. Keeping an eye on all our shiny objects, such as keys, would be diligent on our part, lest we lose them to these clever Corvidaes. I have depicted this particular habit in numerous art pieces in the past as it is such an amusing, though sometimes annoying, trait.
PRECIOUS suggests this mischievous act when light reflected on these treasured items enhances the culprits chances of further irresistible appropriations. The title also comes from the perspective that the diversity of our natural world is precious, special and is of great importance to protect.
DREAMS OF FLIGHT - Again as I mentioned with the PRECIOUS piece, I often wish I had the ability to fly like our world of birds do, so since I haven't yet mastered that quality I created this piece, DREAMS OF FLIGHT, with that notion in mind.
IDENTITY THEFT - Stellar Jays love to vocally mimic other birds and are quite talented at it. In this piece a Jay is steeling the visual identity of a Raven assuming it may give it more muscle or authority and maybe even tone down the rather unsavory conduct and silence piercing calls it seems so proud to demonstrate.
I revel in watching these savvy feathered friends with their intrigue and humorous behavior. I am also entranced by their remarkable intelligence and impressed with their genius and mastery of tasks. This particular species of birds is one of my favored subjects in my work. One of my best-loved sounds of nature is when I am out in my woods and I hear the whu-whu-whu of a raven pushing air against it's wings, breaking the silence the moment it passes over me...what a gift!
In most, if not all, my 3 dimensional pieces, the achievement of depth is my goal. Cutting out my painted illustrations, positioning and extending them through the matt opening and over the matt, thus overlapping them, brings the subjects a bit closer to the viewer to create curiosity and pique interest…I want the animal or person to come out of the space, off the background surface so as to appear more alive rather than exist on one plane.
Thanks so much to all of you for coming back to view more of my work and read my musings. Your interest is very much appreciated.
Stay tuned to see what may come out of the imagination next.
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