Abstract Art About Endangered Birds & Endangered Languages
My new abstract artwork has a fiber art sensibility even though the mixed media feathers are now fabricated from recycled, fused plastic bags. These are screen printed with images of endangered birds and text about species extinction including excerpts from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a seminal work that not only inspired a worldwide ecology movement, but also inspired my own ecological artwork and consciousness about habitat destruction, and threats to bird migration. I continued to be influenced by Mexican art, especially textile artists, and ceremonial art created by indigenous Amazonian artists and West African artists whose objects were often decorated with plumage. I spend a lot of time looking at innovative textile and mixed media artists including Olga de Amaral, El Anatsui and Rachid Koraïchi.
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