This all began with a plastic Halloween skeleton. I wanted to see if it was possible to build a figure directly on to the skeleton, using air dry clay. As I worked her face, I realized that she was probably going to be playing a pipe of some kind. And that a bird would be involved somehow. Byrdsong was the result of a long process of trial and error. She has other faces beneath the final product. My thanks to artist Laura Vernon Russell, who taught me how to use dyed tissue paper to create luminous layers of color on any surface in her Lifeforms Medicine Doll workshop. Materials: plastic Halloween skeleton, eco-printed silk, yarn, fabric, wood, glass eyes, dyed tissue paper, actual bird's nest, sticks and twigs.
16" tall, 13" front to back, 13" wide from twig to twig