Working with the Nest: In Residency at Women's Studio Workshop

Nest Unwritten and Rewritten, I – VII

In this ongoing series I carefully deconstruct entire bird’s nests and draw every piece of the hundreds of twigs and rootlets in order to pay tribute to both my own, and the bird’s, diligence, obsession, and attention to detail. The nest pieces laid out next to each other bear a striking resemblance to the characters of an unreadable, yet incredibly compelling language. In considering this comparison to language, themes such as discovery, searching for answers, and attempting to understand worlds other than our own are evident. In a time when connection to the natural world is paramount, the process of seeing and appreciating the hundreds of fragments in one nest also serves to connect us to the experience and language of the bird’s life.

Nest Unwritten and Rewritten I, 20′ x 28″  pen on Rives heavy weight.

Nest Unwritten and Rewritten II, 20′ x 28″  pen on Rives heavy weight.

Nest Unwritten and Rewritten III, 20′ x 28″  pen on Rives heavy weight.

Nest Unwritten and Rewritten IV, 20′ x 28″  pen on Rives heavy weight.

Nest Unwritten and Rewritten I, 20′ x 28″  pen on Rives heavy weight.

Words Woven:   8″x 46″ (dimensions variable), sculptural book with grapevines, walnut dyed honeysuckle, and pen on Rives heavy weight.

Words Woven (detail),  8″x 46″ (dimensions variable), sculptural book with grapevines, walnut dyed honeysuckle, and pen on Rives heavy weight.

Words Woven (detail):   8″x 46″ (dimensions variable), sculptural book with grapevines, walnut dyed honeysuckle, and pen on Rives heavy weight.