BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Parakeet No. 7034
Parakeet No. 7024
Meyers Parrot No. 7367
Red-bellied Parrot No. 7799
Parakeet No. 0970
Canary Wing Bee Bee No. 7746
African Grey Parrot No,  7157
Peach-Faced Lovebird No. 7523 (diptych)
Yellow Oriole No. 3066
Parakeet No. 7078
Hyacinth Macaw No. 7677
Blue and Gold Macaw No. 7429
Red and Green Macaw No. 7301
Rainbow Laurie No. 7859
Blue and Gold Macaw No, 7406
Dusky Pionus No. 7720
Keel-Billed Toucans No. 7975
Rosy-faced Lovebird No. 7548
Parakeet No. 6977
Keel-Billed Toucan No. 7981
Lutino Cockatiel No. 7874
Rose Breasted Cockatoo No. 7461
White Faced Hurled Cockatiel No. 7866
Parakeet No. 7042
Gray Cockatiel No. 7905
Blue-Eyed Triton Cockatoo No. 7212
Moluccan  Cockatoo No. 7696
Wallpaper No. 7478
Amazon Parrot No. 7613

ARTIST STATEMENT

Humankind has always had a complicated relationship with nature, characterized by awe and admiration, tension and destruction. The human desire to be surrounded by images of nature has been replicated in household ornamentation throughout civilizations. The walls of the imperial villas of Ancient Rome were adorned with frescoes detailing rich flora and fauna. During the Renaissance, Rafael reinvented this ancient style through his grotesques, which depict birds, fruits, and plant life. Carefully crafted representations of the natural world were re- imagined yet again in 19th century Britain when William Morris began producing richly ornamented wallpaper featuring wild birds and vegetation.

Birds of a Feather offers a new perspective on this tradition with portraits of live birds - from the common Parakeet to the exotic Hyacinth Macaw to the stoic Gyrfalcon - photographed against complementary historical and reproduction wallpaper and fabric from the Victorian Era. As the cult of colonization and exploration spread during the Victorian Era in Europe, it yielded brutal discovery and domination of faraway places, creatures and cultures. As these discoveries made their way back to Europe, aviary collection and display as well as a general fascination with the natural world and its exotic inhabitants rose in fashion. This series references that desire to possess the beautiful, wild and exotic, a possession that permanently changes the object of desire through its dislocation. The backgrounds in this series are selected to induce beauty, optical illusion and visual blending, the birds appear to belong when in reality it is a far cry from their natural environment. The birds mirror the careful, self-conscious poses of humans in an unexpected way. Posed, the birds anthropomorphize as we attribute human emotion and intent to their expressions.

A small donation from the artists profits will be made to an avian conservation or rescue charity.

new Work

Birds of Prey

ARTHOPODIA

From birds to bugs, this series is a continued exploration of the cycle of inspiration as well as the tension between nature and mankind. Preserved insects and butterflies are placed against correlating William Morris wallpaper from the Victoria and Albert Collection, creating visual blending and optical illusion.