What is the central idea of your concentration?
We rarely examine the literal interpretation of phrases when using them in our culture. Learning French made me question what a non-native speaker would dream up as the meaning of common phrases used to convey meaning contrary to the literal interpretation. My concentration focuses on idioms and expressions referencing birds. The subject of each piece is based upon the idiom, either portraying a literal interpretation to the figure of speech or portraying the meaning of the saying.
How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea?
Birdbrain (1) and Fly Like an Eagle (2) contrast each other. One image invokes satire against the current administration. The other, respect for injured veterans unable to work, rendering them homeless. Night Owl (4) and Early Bird (3) are opposite phrases. Image 4 is a portrait of my sister who suffers from insomnia. The eyes of the owls convey her inability to sleep.
Eat like a Bird (5) and Canary in a Coalmine (6) mirror each other with parallel form in the bird cage and bird feeder. Tweety Bird (7) and Songbirds (8) feature varieties of bluebirds as the subject. Image 7 is a commentary on addiction to social media. Lovebirds (9) and Painted Peacocks (10) are meant to invoke a twin energy of romanticism. One portrays idealistic love and the other a pseudo nostalgia for wealth.
Duck on a Junebug (11) is drawn from the perspective of the Junebug. Lined up like Crows on a Clothesline (12) is a southern phrase used to describe or command people to stand in a line. The three figures stand in a line armed crosse, and are mirrored by the crow silhouettes on the powerline in the background.
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