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Stan (2020) ink, watercolour, oil pastel and velum collage on paper (approx. 20 x 24”)

I never knew I’d miss magpies until I moved somewhere they don’t live. They are such a commonly hated bird which is a shame because they are incredibly intelligent, social and beautiful. To me magpies represent a certain urban experience, but they pre-exist the cities in which they now flourish. This in itself speaks volumes about their resilience. I wonder what we can learn from these creatures- about picking up the pieces and moving forward, repurposing and restructuring the status quo as a means for survival.

This poster was created for  Concrete Cleavage, a COVID-19-prompted poster exhibit I co-curated & produced  for Pride 2020