Mortuus Merula 'Death of a Songbird'
2016. h:56.5cms x 71cms (framed).
To the right of the drawing lies the blackbird. I wanted to honour the beauty of the blackbird’s song so I have surrounded him with sources of music. I used my little childhood toy plastic songbird in a cage: the bird ‘sang’ if you moved the handle up and down. There is a yellow toy birdsong whistle and a vintage 50’s musical clockwork birdcage that plays birdsong while revolving and lighting up. Finally, there is an songbird (I think it is a Black Hooded Oriole, drawn from an antique taxidermy specimen) which flies free of any cage and pulls my childhood spinning musical tin toy behind it.
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