I've always been intrigued with the idea of birds becoming an extension of their habitat or vice versa. I tried to engage this thought by allowing the oak leaves not only to support the bird, but also to represent his left wing by framing the space it would occupy if it existed. This idea replicates itself if you look closely into the shadow cast above.
Wood Duck: 1984
Basswood, walnut, metal, and oil paint
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