Detail of a piece for @gristleartgallery
's show The Killing Jar, opening this Saturday Oct 20th, 7-9pm. See you there!
All the work in the show is about the study of natural history. This piece has a personal story behind it.
When I was in college, I became very interested in the migratory birds that died from window and building strikes. The birds use stars to navigate at night, but our artificial lights confuse them. They often end up flying straight into a window or reflective glass building, and die from the impact to their brain and spine.
I met with an ornithologist at @acadnatsci
in Philadelphia, Dr. Nate Rice. As the collections manager, he is in charge of all the tissue samples from stuffed birds to frozen organs. He said that any window strike birds I found could be added to the collection. I just had to put them in a ziplock bag with info like where I found it and the date / time. I could store the birds in my freezer, and bring them to The Academy where Dr. Rice would dissect them, write down info discerned from their organs like what they last ate, stuff the skins, and freeze tissue samples. My name would be put on the tag tied to the bird's leg as the person who donated it to the collection, and all the information was put in a database.
I ended up donating about 200 birds to the collection.
One of the coolest things was when Dr. Rice showed me a Carolina Parakeet study skin in the collection, donated by Audubon himself from when he was a member of The Academy. Now the Carolina Parakeet is extinct, preserved in these specimens and in Audubon's artwork. I chose to depict a Carolina Parakeet in this piece, complete with a tag on its leg as it flies away from it's museum collection.
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