In our arrogance, and given permission to do so by the Bible, we impose our names upon species that we have “discovered” (although they have been doing very well without us, we feel that our becoming aware of them somehow brings them into existence). The series Noms de Plume is a double entendre, referencing both the idea of a pen-name, and that of the literal feather as a writing device. The plexiglass box contains the feathers of Canada Geese laser cut with the names of ornithologists who have given a species their name. Behind the box is a video monitor with an animation including images of bird footprints “writing” on naturally occurring lines such as grass stems, and feather pens with documents written by Charles Darwin.

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