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Art drop, pheasants, pheasant brace, St. Brigid's Shrine, Ladywell Shrine
Brace Yourself
Acrylic paint on papier-mâché and wire
Each approximately 6"

“Travel is the only context in which some people ever look around. If we spent half the energy looking at our own neighborhoods, we'd probably learn twice as much.”
-Lucy Lippard, On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place

The layers of history in a particular place fascinate me.

In May of 2016, I travelled to the Boyne Valley in Ireland. I visited several prehistoric sites, which over time, had changed into Catholic shrines.

In preparation for the trip, I recalled my travels in the UK and Ireland in the 1990s and prepared four papier-mâché pheasants. These pairs of birds, two females, and one male and female, are hanging from strings as if they were killed in a hunting party.

I chose to leave the females here as offerings at Saint Brigid’s Shrine in Faughart, Ireland.