Stacie Birky Greene: …and then the skies were silent
June 7 @ 5:00 pm - September 13 @ 8:00 pmFREE
Artist Stacie Birky Greene utilizes her art to help amplify the human relationship to nature and world. Of her work she writes:
… recent work has also considered the impact of human consumption and climate change on the natural world. Appalled by mass deforestation and habitat destruction, she has turned her attention to bird species that have gone extinct since the time of her own birth… One feature of these works that is important to consider is her choice of materials: namely, junk mail, which she either uses “as is” or manipulates, with the addition of other detritus, into homemade paper. It is a project that implicates us all in its struggle: here are beautiful objects made, nevertheless, from unwanted materials. Moreover, the materials themselves are the products of overconsumption of resources – fossil fuels burned in production and transportation, and deforestation to provide wood pulp for paper. The problem of avian ecology and the pressures these birds face is multidimensional, but the viewer is placed in the unlikely position of assessing and admiring the victim even as its emblem is formed from components that have been implicated in its destruction.
The show is extraordinary, moving, powerful, as extinct and endangered birds make their appearance, eerily present to the viewer. It is not the artist, but the image of the birds asking the viewer to account for the loss of species directly linked to human activities.
The Martha Pace Swift Gallery is open 7 days per week from 9am to 8pm, Federal holidays excepted.
Find out more about artist Stacie Birky Greene at her website,