BIRD was presented in A PLACE IN TIME, an exhibition in Nirox Sculpture Park, in the Cradle of Humankind, curated by Helen Pheby, senior curator of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK in 2016.
A still, faraway dot. As it gets closer, the eye can see the bird, its yellow and green feathers, its shine. The eye is able to imagine the softness deriving from its touch.
The bird lies on its back, suspended, its legs recoiled, still. No sound can be heard.
“Bird” explores man’s ability for empathy.
The distance between man, his surroundings, and fellow men.
Without a glass to determine a limit between the bird and its onlookers, the artistic intention is to reflect upon the possibility to amend this apparent separation.
Standing opposite the bird, the human hand wonders weather to approach or touch it. The eye becomes restless, comes closer to find the inanimate creature and suddenly wonders whether there is still any trace of warmth. The eye perceives all the beauty enclosed in that fragility.
A bird; On a small shelf, just for one day; afterwards it shall return to nature, where it would originally have been found lifeless.
The possibility of empathy has a limited window of opportunity.
This piece reflects upon compassion and our ability to put ourselves in the place of any being with whom we share the essence of life.
Victoria Gessaghi, Anthropologist