Birds have been the cause of fascination and worshiped as deities, but birds have also been seen as omens, talismans, and harbingers of death. Birds have been used to determine unsustainable environments, such as the canary in the coal mine. Currently, birds are the collective “canary in the coal mine” for our changing climate and environment. What their endangerment and extinction brings may be the harbinger of death for our own planet and species. As such, my current work uses birds that are on the endangered or extinct avian species list as classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as it’s primary subject.
In 2020 the world experienced the worst pandemic in 100 years. In the early months as we quarantined in our homes and safe spaces, I created drawings/collages of birds that would visit our yard in addition to our endangered ones. Neighbors and Natives is a celebration of our fellow winged earthlings; those who are fighting for survival as a species, and those who visit us in our yards, and our homes, to bring us comfort in these troubled times.
October 22 – November 19, 2022
Opening Reception: October 22nd, 4-7pm
3209 W. Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018