Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus) 86%, 2013
junkmail, gesso, ink, charcoal on cardboard
Mimetia | Design on Main, Ames, IA | July – August 2013
Junkmail Migration Series
2012 – current
Junkmail Migration examines the direct impact of junk mail on the immediate environment – our backyards. Many of our songbirds breed, live, and migrate to/from the Boreal Forests, only passing through Iowa seasonally. When their breeding habitat is destroyed, the population dwindles and the chance of viewing the likes of a Yellow bellied Flycatcher in our backyard diminishes.
For this portion of the project, birds were selected that migrate through Iowa seasonally, are not year round residence of Iowa, and have over 70% of their breeding ground in the Canadian boreal forest ring. All are represented in life size scale, drawn with graphite, charcoal, gesso, and ink on junkmail laminated to cardboard and supported with wood refuse (old fence plank scraps).
The Boreal Song Bird Initiative is raising funds, petitioning the Canadian government, and rallying public support to save the precious resource of the boreal forest ring. A portion of all proceeds of sales of the Junkmail Migration series will be donated to the Boreal Song Bird Initiative to support the establishment of The Boreal Forest Conservation Framework which pushes to preserve 50% of Boreals habitat.