108 Crows

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108 CROWS Installation at The Harwood Museum's Studio 238 November 2017

I began this body of work in November 2016, a time of much change in the political climate and my personal world. I chose Crows as the subject matter of this piece because of their significant symbolism as well as the stark and graphic nature of their shape. Crows are exceptionally adaptable and able to respond to changing conditions by altering the way they behave. Symbolically, they represent mystery and transformation and a call for truth and authenticity in communication. I believe we have something to learn from them. What began with one crow became 108, a number signifying completion and the wholeness of existence in Hindu and Buddhist teachings.These birds were painted in black ink on paper, in a repeating pattern of threes. Each is completely unique and individual, but in active relationship with its neighbors. This creates a composition within each page as well as the greater composition of the whole. The use of ink and water lends the form the ability to move in and out of solidity, as if floating between worlds.

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