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Icarus: The Shape of Flight

I am using the design of the feather from the Icarus legend as a metaphor for entering the Anthropocene Age.  Scientists say we are only now seeing the effects of the Industrial Revolution.  With so many natural habitats destroyed due to the world’s ambitious industrialization, it was disheartening to hear our government pulled out of the Paris climate accords.  And it was heartbreaking when it was recently announced that many of our national parks will lose their designation.  Like the ambition of Icarus and the warnings he ignored, we seem to be paying no heed to what we are doing to our planet (climate change, loss of habitats, mass extinctions polluted oceans, polluted air…).  Birds, like the canary in the coal mine, like the figure of Icarus, are to me a symbol for taking heed.  

This series also brought to mind the painter, Bruegel the Elder.  In his painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, no one noticed that Icarus had plummeted into the sea.  I see this as a warning: to look, to notice, to care, to be vigilant. The intent of my images, whether hazy or clear, is to serve as tangible reminders of the beauty that surrounds us if we take the time to see, to notice, to look deeply, and most importantly, to not let the state of our delicately balanced ecosystems go unnoticed and mistreated.  As with a dove or an angel, a feather is also, at times, a symbol of hope.