Not for the Shooting Gallery was part of the Birdland and Anthropocene at the Peale Museum, Baltimore, Md. Curated by Baker Awardee Lynn Parks. In this exhibit:
Parks invites us to consider how our city’s architecture and the built environment impact the natural ecosystems in the Anthropocene, the new geological era in which human activity has dramatically altered the Earth through climate change and other influences.
Some of the artists in the show examine ornithology, the scientific study of birds—some play with the methods involved. How do we use the technological advances we’ve made at a cost to the natural world in order to save it? How do we imitate birds and what does it reveal about our perception of them? How does extinction disclose domination and exploitation in political systems? How are birds as symbols used in these narratives?"
In Not for the Shooting Gallery, I created stuffed birds to be somewhat of a hybrid of the stuffed animals (like the ones you win when winning a game at a carnival) with a stuffed replica. Subjects were selected by either their popularity or their un-popularity. Made of wool blend felt, recycled poly filled stuffing and freehand machine stitched detailed and wire feet. I arranged them in the cabinet as a diorama to give it more of a mobile theater setting. My objective for both this project , as well as the Genealogy of My Imaginary Family, was to humanize each bird. Give them a personality that feels just as human as bird-like. A straight look in their eyes and you must take them to heart.