Bird Song Broadsides with Artist's Books at CFAM
       
     
What Cheer from Bird Song Broadsides
       
     
Who Cooks?
       
     
Drink Your Tea
       
     
Pres, Pres
       
     
The Good Bird Watcher
       
     
Peter Peter Peter
       
     
Unfamiliar Song
       
     
Bird Song Broadsides with Artist's Books at CFAM
       
     
Bird Song Broadsides with Artist's Books at CFAM

This installation of "Bird Song Broadsides" is now up at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Winter Park, FL. Runs through May 13, 2018. 

In this work, I investigate our relationship with nature through the subculture of birdwatching. I have found fascinating social, cultural and political perspectives embedded in historical birdwatching field guides, and in the practice of birdwatching. This installation of broadsides deal with bird song, a common way we experience birds. The language used in traditional American bird song mnemonics (little catch phrases which help birders remember & identify bird song) reveals much about the values & perspectives of the birdwatchers who wrote them and their intended audience. While authors of historical guides assumed their audience to be fairly homogenous—mainly white, male & Christian—authors of contemporary bird guides use more universally understood phonetic mnemonics. This linguistic shift reflects our ever-evolving attitudes towards nature as an extension of our social systems.  

Using printmaking processes such as letterpress, screen printing and cyanotype, much of this work focuses on text as image, inviting consideration of the sound & shape of the language used to describe bird song. Through letterpress, I can feel the individual weight of metal  and wooden letters and more carefully contemplate the expressive potential of typography. I chose the color & translucency of the ink, the typefaces and texture of the paper to create an overall concept for each sound-based text-image. Typefaces from the 1800’s and the blocky, repeating pattern underneath suggest the current timeline in human evolution moving towards where more of us  than ever live in urban environments, but also reminds us that we interact with nature every day through the lively sound of bird song.

What Cheer from Bird Song Broadsides
       
     
What Cheer from Bird Song Broadsides

Letterpress on paper, 12.5" x 19", created in 2018. 

Who Cooks?
       
     
Who Cooks?

Letterpress on paper, 12.5" x 19", created in 2018. 

Drink Your Tea
       
     
Drink Your Tea

Letterpress on paper, 12.5" x 19", created in 2018. 

Pres, Pres
       
     
Pres, Pres

Letterpress on paper, 12.5" x 19", created in 2018. 

The Good Bird Watcher
       
     
The Good Bird Watcher

Letterpress on paper, 12.5" x 19", created in 2018. 

Peter Peter Peter
       
     
Peter Peter Peter

Letterpress on paper, 12.5" x 19", created in 2018. 

Unfamiliar Song
       
     
Unfamiliar Song

Letterpress on paper, 12.5" x 19", created in 2018.