A thrill that will never dispair. Watching snowbirds take off on their farewell flight until warmer days return. Yearning to be free and roam throughout the world, catching the sun for warmth, comfort, and survival, only to embark another new journey.
This exhibition is inspired by the dance and patterns that emerge during the migration of birds on their relentless flights searching for food and survival around the world. The installation is comprised of hundreds of small wool hand-felted spheres, recreating an aerial bird swarm display. Just like birds flying together in large groups, some take the lead to let those rest whose wings are tired, reminding me how important it is to be thankful for all of those who have been with us through our continuous personal flights striving for survival, taking the lead while we recover our strength. The journey is long and harsh, but together in flight they know they can make it. We could fly alone but would not get as far as we could with the help of others.
Each sphere within this display has been carefully crafted with all local wool from upstate New York, and hand dyed with local, homegrown plants. Each color represents the natural hues of the northland harvest season.
By: Amanda Hippert