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Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise are a group of 39 birds found primarily in New Guinea and Australia. They have been shrouded in mysticism and adoration by people forever, with their vivid plumage and outrageous dancing. When they first began importing these birds to Europe they quickly became the fascination of collectors and philosophers who wondered about their connections to the divine. Later these birds contributed meaningful findings to the theory of evolution, shaping our understanding of the cosmos to this day. Holding all of the weight of history, myth, and imagery of these birds in my minds eye I worked to create a series of mixed media paintings that encapsulated the essence of these creatures.

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