Linda Jarvis: Birds of a Feather
“Today I heard a raven in the distance. As he flew over me he sent out his throaty, gravelly call. I called back, pretty nicely I might add, but he kept going without answering. However, as he flew by, the whispers of his wings pushing the air landed so quietly on my ears it nearly took my breath away. So magical is that moment when that sound barely breaks the silence, but it is enough to make my heart race.”
Linda Jarvis is a mixed media ‘evolutionary’ artist from Washington state, USA who’s tangible style and charming execution pays perfect homage to her favorite subject matter: Crows and Ravens.
“They appear in my work frequently asÂ an indication of my passion for them. The attraction of shiny objects is large in their appetite for mischief so collecting is one of their all time favorite pass times. Here raven protects precious treasures from the rising moon, as the goods are emulated making it all the easier to steal them.”
Each of her multi-dimensional pieces reflects a multi-dimensional message of the subconscious whim and the conscious framing of our realities. On the subject of her chosen symbol, she says,”This species of birds is one of my favorite. I am delighted with their intelligence and impressed with their genius and mastery of tasks.
For this piece I used a wonderful block of wood with diminishing red paint. I have a fetish, of sorts, for weathered remnants of painted wood I pick up on our beaches. They possess so much character and bring interesting qualities when used in various applications.”
“With all the thievery we see in the behavior of crows and ravens, keeping an eye on all our shiny objects, such as keys, would be diligent on our part, lest we lose them to these clever Corvidaes. This piece, MID-MIGHT THEIF, suggests this mischievous act.
“The image of the piece above is titled IDENTITY THEFT. It has always intrigued me how blue jays can mimic various bird’s songs and/or calls in the attempt to fool the other birds and scare them from their nests. It stirred up in my mind this image of a blue jay trying to steal the identity of a crow. It always puts a smile on my face when I hear a blue jay mocking other birds and I think to myself, how clever is that! But, then again, how deceiving. That being said, crows are very clever and intelligent in their own right.”
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