This is a painting of one of Australia’s native bird species, the Currawong, done on a large canvas: 1.5 sq.
They’re referred to as ‘the wolves of the sky’ because they hunt in packs and kill anything not too big for it. As habitat continues to be destroyed they have become an environmental danger to other bird species as the cover that they used to hide from currawongs is disappearing. Urban areas are perfect for it and so other native bird species in urban areas are declining. I once saw a currawong land on top of a fully grown noisy miner and fly off with it in it’s talons before I could rescue it.
The text at the upper and lower margins reads: “Does the forest taste different through amber eyes.”
Currawongs are actually a quite entrancing creature despite their environmental impact, which after all isn’t their fault. So I produced this painting after contemplating them one day and wondering how they perceived the world we share with them. It thus becomes a vehicle for contemplating the differences in perception, not just between species, but between individuals of species as well, including ours.
The reason I have used the term ‘taste’ rather than ‘look’, as one would assume to be more appropriate when referring to eyes. Is that we perceive our optical sense as an external one, whereas taste has a strong internal connotation giving the phrase its desired meaning – look within, be introspective, and be aware that your perception may differ to others.