This ongoing project seeks to recreate all of the images from John James Audubon's ”Birds of North America" and explore the precarious balance of human and animal which make them so beloved. This piece taps in to Audubon’s obsession to investigate tensions between stillness/movement and life/death, creating a contemporary reexamination of America’s wildness.

The desire to understand and participate in humanity's place in the fabric of nature drove Audubon to create "Birds of North America", and this project seeks out that same wildness. The differences and similarities of the two projects as they're worked on 150 years apart highlights the poignant changes that have manifested in humanity's ongoing and troubled relationship with the natural world.

Birds of America spans multiple media with incredible performances by many collaborators. Shown below are a sampling of the video series. Click here to preview of the stage show version.

Recent Events:

 

October 14th, Southern Colorado Film Festival, Alamosa CO. Birds of America is an official selection!

May 5th, 7:30pm. The Fuller Projects, Bloomington, IN.

I am honored to collaborarte with filmmaker and digital artist Sarah Lasley to present a experimental theatrical performance based on the lives of women involved with Birds of America. 

May 12th, The Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

The Birds of America video series will be screened as part of the Station to Station exhibit. 

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