Artist Statement for Vespers

Artist Statement for Vespers

Vespers

In many ancient tales, birds are used as messengers. They bridge prehistoric time and the present day as dinosaur descendants. There are theories that music — birdsong perhaps — precedes spoken language. Some birds hold funerals for members of their flocks. I marvel at their lightness and tenacity, many migrating thousands of miles and back just to survive using ancient rhythms. I feed them to attract their songs; I leave dog hair brushed from a coat for nest lining; I collect feathers I find and keep them like treasure.

By photographing an abandoned nest and the young robin that collided with my car, I hoped to capture that meditative space between dusk and darkness, to remember origins and endings, and give more than a passing nod to echoing histories between species.