Lookee what I found! I almost forgot about this little guy.
Back in October a local woman gave me a mummified bird that she had found in her chimney. I just discovered (or, maybe, rediscoved) it in my garage, so now I've got all kinds of ideas flying around in my head as to how to use it in an assemblage.
I felt that Tweety was too delicate to use in his entirety. Bits of feather and dried skin are still clinging to it (yeah, I know, ick.), and there's no way I'd be able to remove them without destroying the skeleton. So I decided to remove the skull and use just that in an upcoming assemblage.
At this time I'm thinking of using some of my vintage anatomy images--both avian and human--along with this skull and, of course, some choice found objects to perhaps create a kind of homage to birds or flight. Maybe it'll be something with an Icarus theme. I've always kind of had an interest in mythology, so I'll likely do research on bird "gods" and the like. Who knows where this will end. Check back.
Recently I've gotten my hands on the remains of a couple of critters: a ground squirrel skull and a bird. My dog found the deceased ground squirrel in my yard behind my garden shed; I left it there all summer and let nature do her work on the flesh. The bird was given to me by a local business person, who found it in her chimney. I have no idea yet how I'll incorporate them into some art, but lots of ideas are swimming around in my head. If anyone out there has any input into identifying the bird, I'm all ears. It has a fairly long beak. In fact, from the tip of its beak to the back of its head is about 2 1/2". A black bird? Maybe a starling?
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.