An installation work (2007-2016) of birds made of wood, wire, screen, papier-mâché, clay and plaster make up The Lives of Birds.

Producing these pieces has given me insight into my compulsion to create things from difficult and unpredictable media. I'm attracted to the raw awkwardness of materials like wood chips, wire and plaster, especially as they can be shaped to depict fragile, elegant animals.

The project fulfills an impulsive side of my working process, as it began not as a deliberate intention, but as an unmediated response to materials at hand. It has become an obsession to find suitable shapes in the materials, and to stretch the limit of what is recognizable.

Since the process feels inexhaustible, the structure and themes of The Lives of Birds reflect the depth of my obsession.