I thought I heard a bird 2019
This body of work was made for the curated exhibition I thought I heard a bird at Craft ACT in Canberra. This group exhibition was curated by Raquel Ormella from the ANU School of Art + Design. She is part of the Nature><Culture research cluster of artists and designers who are interested in the intersections of nature and culture. The six artists—Ashley Eriksmoen, Fernando do Campo, Joyce Hwang, Madeleine Kelly, Patsy Hely and Raquel Ormella— each work in different media: painting, ceramics, textiles, wood and mixed-media installation, and sculpture, offering a diverse range of perspectives.
The title of the exhibit indicates the reduction of birds in the urban landscape as wildlife habitat is lost or comprimised. The exhibit revolves around the seeing, or not seeing, of birds, and our shared and contested territories. My own works for the exhibit are made from recalimed timber from salvaged wood furniture, the material reiterating the loss of forests territories for the sake of industrially produced furniture.