Preface: Some time ago, a friend sent me a link about a museum employee 'birding' The Met. I thought it was interesting and all, but I didn’t seriously think I’d want to do anything like that myself. But now I have a blog. And I have to fill it with interesting and original(ish) things. So here we are.
A new series about me 'birding' the art world.
|The Passenger Pigeon Hunt, A. Plamandon, 1853|
Directly facing off against Plamandon’s work, on the opposite wall, are two works (pictured above) from recent artist-in-residence Sarah Angelucci’s Aviary series: Aviary (Female Passenger Pigeon/extinct) and Aviary (Male Passenger Pigeon/extinct). Angelucci’s brilliant take on Victorian cartes-de-visite combines traditional portraits of long-dead people with the avifaunal victims of the era’s attitudes. In the artist’s own words:
“The same colonial enterprise that drove the Victorians to expand their rule to a quarter of the world’s land and a fifth of its population, spurred a sense of callous entitlement over its creatures, hunted for sport and captured for the pleasure of entertainments. With an increasing desire for imported goods, there came too an avid demand for exotic birds, to be held in aviaries, or preserved by taxidermists.”To see more of Angelucci’s work and the Aviary series I’ve included a few more images after the jump, but please visit her site here: http://www.sara-angelucci.ca/
|Aviary (Sage Thrasher/endangered), Sara Angelucci, 2013|
|Aviary (Barn Owl/endangered), Sara Angelucci, 2013|
|Aviary (Eskimo Curlew/extinct), Sara Angelucci, 2013|