The Local and The Imagined: An Introduction to Ornithology and Invention

Humans have always been fascinated by birds, and I am no exception.  I have spent the last 10 years of my life exploring the avian realm, and I think there is much to learn and be inspired by up there.  This project embraces the importance of local bird life and ecology in equal measure to art and artifacts from the past that tell us of mythical, bird like creatures and their importance to the development of human culture and the liberation of the imagination.  

The Workshops

The project begins with an introduction to ornithology through guided walks in your local area.  Participants will practice careful observation and describe what they see.  These observations will provide inspiration for the creation of drawings and sculptures related to species of real and imaginary birds, based on individual exploration, questions, interests, and curiosity. At the same time, we will also explore the art and artifacts of various civilizations that describe “un-imaginable” bird-like creatures, and discuss the implications of myth and myth making.  Finally, we will look at the work of artist Leonardo Di Vinci, and explore the ways that the observation of local birds can free our imaginations to create “un-imaginable” possibilities.

The Exhibition

The final work will be displayed in an on-site installation, and participants will organize guided tours of local and imaginary birds using a guide book they create together.  I will also create an online exhibition space that participants can access and update.  


Workshops are available for children and/or adults, and will be tailored to fit your community.  The maximum group size per session is 20. I work with local organizations, and am equally comfortable in classroom, gallery, studio or community center locations.   If you are interested, contact me and I will provide a project proposal for your site including time, space and projected costs.