Along with the fashion magazine inspired images, this series includes images of birds in flight, ones that come to my bird feeder. This body of work celebrates the relationship that I have with them. I feel a kind of telepathy when they are around.
Swallows will chirp loudly outside, begging me to come out and then they swoop down so close to my face as if to greet me or entice me to play with them.
The Swallows remind me of Zephyrus, Greek god of the west wind and husband to Chloris. As depicted in Sandro Botticelli’s Allegory of Spring, I liken the transformation of Chloris into Flora to the way that I transform multiple fashion model images into one.
The creation of these new women appear in my work as ghostly photo transfers along with the birds that I photograph, who become stand-ins for Zephyrus.
Each work begins with layers of vintage record album sleeves and tissue paper.
The photo transfers and subsequent layers of acrylic paint and found and hand-made papers reveal a clairvoyant interaction between bird and woman.