Fiona Messer – Recycled Crows

Fiona Messer is a Scottishmised media artist and illustrator who combines her love of history, medieval studies, books and book making with her love of calligraphy  and photography. She has a special soft spot for crows, which show up repeatedly in her work.

“For many the common crow is just a pest. We hardy seem to notice them, but they notice us. They are wary and fearful and not without good reason. What started out as idle curiosity turned into a passion for me. Not a day goes by where I do not notice the crows that share the world I live in.Crows are amazing creatures that have adapted to man’s ever need for claiming all wild spaces and integrated themselves very nicely in our society, be it as city crows, eaters of garbage along with the seagulls or masses wading through the fields after harvests. After chasing them. Being completely outsmarted by them, and still managing to capture a few of them on film, I have come to realize that I don’t need to interest the masses in these creatures, if people listen carefully, the crows will tell their own stories and be interesting in their own right.”

The black and white images presented here represent just a few out of the hundreds of images taken during a three-year period. They are a mixture of American Crow, photographed in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Rooks, or Saatkrahe photographed in and around Ahrensburg, Germany.

Says Fiona of her painting exhibitions, “The RE-Cycled project came about as I tried to combine my deep-seated interest in melding with the machines, the idea of cyborg technology was too fascinating to let go of, and my deep appreciation for the actual beauty of the singular components that go into making up our personal PCs. These two things joined up and mixed with my own concerns about what we are doing to this planet I decide to perhaps rescue some of the planet by recycling some of the junk.

They go nowhere, they sit in garbage piles and landfills or they get silently shipped off to poorer countries because these bits and pieces never break down, never return to a useful earthly state and never ever go away. What is more, they are toxic.

I took my love of colour and texture, and melded it with my love of technology and dreams. I painted canvas with acrylics and pastes, added textures and metals and the much cherished precious pieces of old computers and turned it all into art.

I hope that by elevating these little bits of computers to the status of art, that perhaps other people would take a second look and appreciate the beauty of these chips and boards and other bits of the machine. Perhaps if we can see the beauty in the machine we can see beyond throwing these things away and also help to save our planet from being overwhelmed by junk that never breaks down and never goes away. Sitting in landfills and garbage piles as reminders that we will drown in junk if we don’t re think, recycle and re-use the things we take every day for granted.”

To keep up with Fiona, visit her blog here