On the left are the 'Melting Ice Caps' installed in the pool outside the gallery. Inside, part of the sculpture hung in the corner next to my painting 'You Are a Rare Bird', 16" x 20" acrylic on canvas.
Artist Statement for my painting 'You Are A Rare Bird' : Changes in weather are signaling earlier departures and changing the migratory ranges of many birds. Insects are hatching sooner, plants blooming earlier and the birds are venturing further from their normal habitats, not always finding the food and temperatures necessary for survival. The Golden Cheeked Warbler featured in my painting is the only bird who nests exclusively in Texas. As their habitat is altered by urbanization and their migration affected by changing temperatures, this species is endangered. I intended for the birds to appear without direction in this afocal scene. Identified by golden cheeks, the rest of the bodies were painted by memory (which this species will become if something doesn’t change). They fly over a slate gray background, covered in an abstract pattern derived from the juniper trees where the birds nest. Dotted amidst the pattern are white raindrops, needed weather in times of drought. In my art, wallpaper symbolizes a familiar domestic space-a welcome home that is disappearing for these birds.
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