The inspiration for this project is Australian Migratory Shorebirds and the poetry (and photography) of John Bennett. This is also linked to Kate Gorringe-Smith’s – The Overwintering Project.
The first thing I thought about when I read the words and saw the images of John’s Poetry was the Ghostly appearance of the Birds. It reminded me of Bird Extinctions – the ones that are gone forever except for their Ghosts.
I thought about the way people complain about the racket Gulls make where I live in Cardiff and then imagined waking up one morning to silent skies. How it would feel – not a bird to be seen or heard anywhere. How awful it would be – just Shadows and Ghosts left behind – random Feathers on the ground, but no Birds. The loss would be palpable.
Sometimes to realise the full significance of species loss we need to think of the extreme. When I think about Bird Extinctions and Critically Endangered Birds I often think of this – waking up one day to silent, empty skies, and how much it would break my heart to live in a World where the only Birds were Ghosts. It would be unbearable to live with that loss.
Inspired by John Bennett’s Poetry (Overwintering 2018) & Photography of Australian Migratory Shorebirds and their Beautiful Winter Plumage
Made with Somerset Satin Paper
250gsm – Signature
300gsm – Cover
Hand Carved Rubber Stamps
(Text & Bird Images)
Hand Printed using Versacolor Pigment Ink Pad – Sky Gray (81)
Hand Debossed Text
Cover and Slipcase
Size: 9.5.cm Wide x 10cm High
Edition of 10 Books
BookArtObject Edition #5, 2019
© Angela Callanan, 2019