For nearly two decades I have employed birds and bird imagery as a metaphor for my ruminations on relationships, parenting, home, shelter, and geographical identification. As an artist, I am drawn to the ideas of identity that grow out of a sense of place and self. In my series, Avians, I take a closer look at my subject as I pixelate, deconstruct and then reconstruct birds. They are built, much like we are - one piece, or experience, at a time.
Using glass as my medium, I pixelate by making my own murrini (slices of variously colored glass canes). I assemble and fuse them into abstract patterned tablets, which I view as fully realized deconstructed birds. Finally transforming them, through my own “hot-origami” process, into sentient birds.