The yard in my childhood house in San Diego was filled with the traditional birds of paradise. I love them. Their long elegant necks end in a pointed bract making the bird’s beak. The orange sepals come in multiples of threes, as do the vivid blue petals. They were a constant in vases in my home. Their shapes are dramatic and singular. They have a mind of their own and will not bend to your will. You can pull the sepals and petals out to help them along. “Aves” was created from my intimate memory of the birds of paradise of my youth.
I grew up in Southern California, where Birds of Paradise rule. This abstraction plays with the silhouettes that I see when I imagine those Birds of Paradise; The blue stamen is vivid against orange and green. There are many exotic aves del paraíso in Mexico. I have other works featuring these tropical birds. These birds of paradise are simply color and shape. Aves anyone?
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