48 x 36", acrylic, oil, bird nest, resin, ink, ribbon, trash on panel, 2009
The piece created for this show addressed the green economy. I wanted to created a piece that signified "home" built from rubble, strife and sacrifice that the American people had been facing. Thus, I painted a Western Bluebird building a nest. The nest is real, I wove a red ribbon through it, which is also carried by the bird. Below in the water is trash I found on the ground outside my studio building, everything from a styrofoam cup, paintbrushes, plastic bits, straws, burlap, and children's toys. I purposely created both real and illusionary depth to the water below, so you can see around objects as if looking into water.
The piece, as was the show I was part of, was intended to focus on the idea of HOPE and change, and of making the most of what we had been given. Like the birds in the wild, who actually build nests from trash littering their environment, it is up to each individual to make the most of what they have been given and create something positive and beautiful.
Detail of imbedded bird's nest, which has a red ribbon woven through it. The same ribbon is in the bird's mouth and the water, below.
Detail of styrofoam cup, paint brush, flotsam found on the street, the red ribbon, children's toys, and painted grasses imbedded in a cavity of resin.
Manifest Hope DC
Along with its partners, MoveOn.org Political Action, the Service Employees International Union and Obey Giant, MANIFESTHOPE: DC, issued an inspiring visual call-to-action, encouraging a redirection of public energy toward true reform in three key areas: health care reform, workers rights, and the green economy.
The MANIFESTHOPE: DC Gallery was open to the public in Washington, DC for the days preceding the Presidential Inauguration, Saturday, January 17th, 2009 through Monday, January 19th, 2009between the hours of 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Art exhibition management was provided by our Washington, DC gallery partner, Irvine Contemporary."