Playground for Wild Birds

Every day I feed hundreds of wild birds in the back lot of my art studio. These wild birds are the inspiration for my recent series of outdoor sculptures built with found objects and readily accessible materials. While living and working in isolation during the Covid lockdown, my interaction with wild birds helped me maintain a sense of peace and well-being. I have a long history of living with birds in my head and I continue to explore the possibilities.

(Please DM if you would like to visit my East Los Angeles studio to view these sculptures in person)

Bird Poem for the World 2021
i feed
wild birds
all day
every day
sparrows
doves
finches
scrub jays
watching wild birds
eating
playing
flying
makes me happy
a friend says
feeding wild birds
attracts good fortune
i say
bring it on
bitches

Charlottenburg 1991
My lover and I were sitting in a café late one night smoking cigarettes
We laughed when a prostitute threw a john over a small hedge
I was in Berlin trying to figure out my future my art my life
My lover taught me the German phrase “einen Vögel haben”
They said that women living with birds in their head are crazy
At that precise moment I knew that I would finance my art with sex work
I returned home to NYC with new paintings and birdseed in my suitcase

Author: Margie Schnibbe

I am a multidisciplinary artist making videos, films, drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations, writings, zines, music and performances for over thirty years.

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