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Sally Kauffman

  • Washington,
  • District of Columbia
  • US

Out of This World

Dead birds can symbolize a warning or danger or rebirth or new beginnings. Other meanings could be failed dreams, loss of a loved one or your environment is unsafe, all of which I experienced in 2020. I found myself watching birds from my balcony in locked down Rome, in particular the Monk Parakeets. The birds delighted me with their ambitious behaviors. Other pandemic pastimes included strolling along the Tiber in the evening to observe the murmurations of the  starlings or exploring the Baroque churches with their magnificent frescoed ceilings while the museums and galleries were closed. These lovely visions are evident in this new painting of my portrayal of the extinct Carolina Parakeet, the only parrot species native to Northern America.

46 inches in diameter