While I was researching advances within genomic technology, I became enthralled by the progress biologists were making in the study of endangered animals. These molecular biologists had set themselves the goal of re-engineering previously extinct species and returning them to life. For example, The Flagship Project proposes to bring back the extinct Passenger Pigeon. To achieve this they would use the DNA of specimens found in natural history museums. These preserved DNA fragments would then be engineered with its closest living species, the band-tailed pigeon, to recreate a new breed that is as close as possible the extinct bird.


I became fascinated by the creation of new, yet familiar breeds. By combining an existing bird and mixing it with the DNA of a painting I wanted to create an entirely new, and wonderful subspecies. I have engineered these new breeds by thinking about how a certain birds' patterning and color could match the DNA of a specific painting. There is an interesting correlation between brush-strokes and feathers. Plumage, like paintings, has evolved to evoke very specific emotions: aggression, warning, seduction, joy. These new birds are painted on reference books which were integral to the research, in a way they contain all the information, all the DNA of the original species.

Miró Thrush (Turdus chiffres et constellations)
Oil on found book, 17.1/4” x 13.5/8” Framed, 2019
Inside page 1 Miró Thrush
Inside page 2 Miró Thrush
Inside page 3 Miró Thrush
Kelly Bluebird (Sialia small blue curve)
Oil on found book, 18” x 14.3/4” framed, 2015-2019
Inside page 1, Kelly Bluebird
Inside page 2, Kelly Bluebird
Inside page 3, Kelly Bluebird
Inside page 4. Kelly Bluebird
Picasso's Eagle (Aquila femme en pleurs)
Oil on found book, 20.7/8” x 16.5/8” framed, 2019
Inside page 1, Picasso's Eagle
Inside page 2, Picasso's Eagle
Inside page 3, Picasso's Eagle
Rothko Finch (Carduelis light cloud, dark cloud), 2015
Oil and Acrylic on found book. 10 1/4 x 7 1/8 x 1 in
Inside Rothko Finch (Carduelis light cloud, dark cloud) detail, 2015
Oil and Acrylic on found book. 10 1/4 x 7 1/8 x 1 in
Mitchell Hummingbird (Damophila two pianos)
Oil on found book, 17.3/4” x 15” framed, 2015-2019
Inside page 1, Mitchell Hummingbird
Inside page 2, Mitchell hummingbird
Inside page 3, Mitchell humminbird
Installation view directly on wall
Install side view
Speculative Birds Wall Installation
Miro Thrush (Turdus Poetess), 2015
Oil and Acrylic on found book, 9 5/8 x 8 3/4 x 5/8 in
Inside Miro Thrush (Turdus Poetess), 2015
Oil and Acrylic on found book, 9 5/8 x 8 3/4 x 5/8 in
Miro Thrush (Turdus Poetess), side view, 2015
Tapies Waxbill (Estrilda AT.1985)
Oil and Acrylic on found book, 9 3/4 x 10 3/4 x 5/8 in
Inside Tapies Waxbill (Estrilda AT.1985) detail
Oil and Acrylic on found book. 9 3/4 x 10 3/4 x 5/8
Clyfford Still Sparrow (Passer PH-118) Clyfford Still Sparrow (Passer 1947-J)
Inside Clyfford Still Sparrows