Picking out pieces to submit back in April, this was another one of those “omg, like what do I have to lose?” sort of entries, hoping hoping hoping that this year’s jurors would appreciate a little levity. 6am this morning in my inbox, I found out that they did:
Your Birds in Art entry Chicken Pot Pie has been selected for the 2016 exhibition…
The part Rob left out of the interview was that the turkeys that I “liberated” were actually, originally intended for Thanksgiving dinners for friends and family. I raised the turkeys to use
as models AND for meat, just as I’d done years past with the Broad Breasted Bronzes and Giant Whites. But wild turkeys can fly (which I didn’t think about ahead of time), and they had a different agenda, so I started clipping their wings once I realized they were all going to fly away.
But then, through my own need to have beautiful models, their wings were allowed to grow out (after a clumsy, unsightly wing clipping –hey c’mon, my models were escaping one-by-one daily!– that left my models looking like strange, ungainly, flightless birds that were not exactly fit for modelling). I decided then that wild turkeys flying off to be wild kind of made sense, and I sketched and photographed the birds like crazy once their wings grew out, knowing they were going to take off any day. And then, one by one over a few days they flew over the fence to freedom. They definitely earned it! Well, they also got a long, safe-from-predators, well-fed childhood before they took off.
And it was awesome the following spring to go on jogs with the dogs, when all-of-a-sudden we’d scare up a mama turkey and her rafter/gobble/flock of tiny little poults flapping like mad to follow her up into the trees. This happened often that spring. I felt proud–like they were my grandkids or something.
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum writes:
“Jurors Martha Hill (author and former Audubon picture editor), Amy Montague (director, Mass Audubon Visual Arts Center), and Jim Richerson (president, Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences) spent a productive day reviewing 957 entries submitted by 583 artists before heading into the final selection round….[which includes] 113 juried artists and past Master Artists and the 2011 Master Artist, Jim Coe….”
I fortunately picked the right art to submit for this year’s jurors. This’ll be my 3rd time (2005, 2010) at Wausau, and I feel as lucky and honored to be in this show as I did the first time.