by Karen R. Davis (Karoda)
40.5 inches x18 inches
whole cloth with laminated sheer.
hand-dyed cotton; medium weight stabilizer; wool batting; Jacquard cotton; rayon , cotton, and metallic threads; polyester sheer; paper, textile medium; fusible web.
After hearing a 2008 NPR segment on the intelligence of Crows, I became captivated by the rich black birds and wanted to rescue them from their oftentimes less than favored status. My intent to represent the American Crow for this exhibit was further shored up by the sadness of the absence of information on James Audubon’s mother which I surmised was due to her race, class, and gender. I even went so far as to project Audubon’s love for birds and being in the wilderness as a spiritual restlessness caused by not knowing her.
Crowbonics: The Scroll is the first of what will be 3 pieces depicting the culture of Crows. The Crows are the marginalized birds with their own values and ways in the world. Those not privy to them, often see but do not understand. To the Crow, it doesn’t matter; they carry on, surviving and making their presence known through their distinguished song.
There were 5 starts to the Crow piece before this became the one that felt completely right. It would not have been possible without attending the Paper Lamination workshop at the Crow Barn last month.
I will not have time to photograph the full size until its return, but the detailed image is a good representation of the entire piece.