Roost was an installation I created for the Accessibility2009 residency in Cleveland, Tennessee. While in Cleveland, I collected bird decorations popularly found within the home.
In Roost, I recontextualized the bird figurines that I found in Cleveland from the domestic environment to the boughs of a living Dogwood tree. By placing these figurines in a living tree, the very stillness and falsity of these representations becomes the subject matter. It is my intention that by recognizing the absurdity of these representations, people will start to question the function of the prolific nature imagery found within the human home.
There are many kinds of birds in the tree: Blue Jays, Cardinals, Sparrows, Owls, even Toucans, Parrots, and Turtle Doves. The abundance of birds creates the illusion of health and diversity, but also admits a relationship with a process of standardization, commercialization, and distance. What is a toucan doing in Cleveland, Tennessee? As a reflection of our culture, this collection offers points of departure for a conversation about the constructedness of our perspectives on nature and—incidentally—our selves.
Campus of Cleveland State Community College, Cleveland, TN