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Marilyn da Silva

Statement

Birds have been an integral part of my work since 1999. They act as metaphors for everyday experiences, from personal to universal, in my sculptures and wearable pieces. I do not think of myself as a bird watcher and believe that birds spend more time observing us. While researching the color, gestures and the surroundings of birds for my pieces, I often refer to bird guides, photographs and the work of those who document birds and their habitats. Inspired by small detailed drawings in a late 19th century bird identification book, six of the panels in this exhibition depict etchings of birds in their natural environments. Each one comes to life as a relief in the form of a brooch and is housed in a shadow box, which frames the image. The subtle beauty of female birds is depicted in four smaller panels. Their placement and composition is inspired by the simplicity and elegance of Japanese flower arrangements. These birds are also removable and can be worn as brooches.

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Collections

Decorative Arts Museum, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Modern Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN
Robin Williams, Actor
Private Collections

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