“Messages” | Stitched Silk, LED Light | 62″H x 43”W x 3”D | $9250 US
© Jan R Carson 2021

Exhibited in “Birds in Art”, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI USA | September 9 – November 26, 2023

Since 1976, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has organized Birds in Art annually, seeking to present the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. It is an honor to have my artwork included in this internationally renowned exhibition.

Birds are ever-present in my daily life. They prompt me to be mindful of the moment and open to existence beyond my physical senses. Messages’ birds are stylized representations symbolizing nature. The human figure is traced from my own shadow. While not explicitly a self-portrait, the figure reflects my self-image as an inactive and ghostly presence within a scene of perilous demise. On a larger scale, the figure stands in for our shared experience as witnesses to environmental collapse. In this way, the artwork speaks to a disregard for one’s inner wisdom.

Video courtesy Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum YouTube Channel (@LeighYawkeyWoodsonArtMuseum), 2023

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