An old CBS radio microphone with seed-pod entwined cord connect the bird (and “bird”—British slang for a young woman) to a presumed listening audience. However idealized her form (comprised of a mannequin head on the body of the famous Jennifer Lopez) and the decorated interior, we sense that her story may be a story of the marginalized and perhaps abused. The cracked pedestal, the proud anger of the bird’s posture, her gaze, and her hair expressing a desire to be elsewhere all suggest that the ideal is not a stable or even desirable place to be.
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I Know Why the Stage Bird Sings
Collage (cut magazine imagery and acrylic medium) and colored pencil
9 1/2" x 13 1/8"
   
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