While sheltering alone during the 2020 pandemic, the birds that visited my window were among the only beings I encountered for nearly a year. So, it is no surprise that the motif of birds found their way into my metalwork. Yet, I could not portray their lively joy; instead, I was compelled to depict them flightless, felled, and dying.
As division and selfishness fueled the spread of the virus and violence, I sought refuge in my studio. Rendering these tiny deaths, one after the other, was an unaimed call for empathy in a splintering society. These sad scenes wrought in glass and precious metal are a visual allegory for our times.