Birds in the wood

On a visit to Chapel Woods I wanted to reflect that the Wood is an RSPB site. As young ornithologist in my early years, I had a keen interest in bird watching, but this was not something that I pursued as young adult. This walk was a bid to try and activate my sense of seeing and hearing, I used to have the Observer book of birds but now I had a trusty bird song App! I had read whilst researching the woods that they had regular nesting species including tawny owls, nuthatches, great spotted and green woodpeckers.

I wanted to create artwork to represent the walk and explored the work of Hamish Fulton and Richard Long, both these walking artists have made work with birds from their walks. Although my walk was short and not like Hamish Fulton’s Small Birds it was my own mini pilgrimage into the wood.

Hamish Fulton’s Small Birds / A Continuous 101 Mile Walk without sleep / Country Roads Kent and Sussex England / Full Moon 10 11 November 1992,

Once home having considered the Adobe Suite I decided to use Adobe Indesign to create an artwork of the birds. I considered different options but chose Indesign. I researched Richard Long’s work and knew I would have to manipulate text to sit inline, so had to learn the kerning tool. I considered the shapes that Long had created with his artwork, and decided on a V formation as flown by birds.

Jane Sharkey Bird Call A walk in the woods (January 2020)

Reflection

I did enjoy using the app and I managed to see a woodpecker by using the app as a notification. I would have liked to sit and just listen rather than keep walking., Although both Fulton and Long use textworks to represent their walks, I am not sure that I transferred the senses of hearing bird song onto print successfully. Also using a V shape formation probably was not the best choice as the birds I was hearing don’t fly in formations!

References/Bibliography

Hamish Fulton’s Small Birds / A Continuous 101 Mile Walk without sleep / Country Roads Kent and Sussex England / Full Moon 10 11 November 1992,

HUMAN NATURE WALK (no date). [Online]. Available at http://www.richardlong.org/Textworks/2012textworks/human_nature.html. [Accessed on 15/03/2021]

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