The Light From the Bluebird

The Light from the Bluebird was a project commissioned by Sever Arts as part of the project It Gets Lighter from Here.

‘The symbol of a bluebird is the harbinger of happiness and hope in many cultures that date back thousands of years, through bringing the light to the form of the bluebird as it emerges within my drawing, I hope to show it will get lighter from here.’

The symbol of a bluebird is the harbinger of happiness and hope in many cultures that dating back thousands of years. From Chinese folklore to Russian fairytales and even within our own culture, the song of a bluebird brings new beginnings and a sense of hope. Within my drawing practice I create detailed drawings on clear surfaces aiming to mimic the way in which magic lantern slides were created. These drawings would reveal new discoveries and knowledge by shining light through them. Utilising upon the juxtaposition of the title ‘It gets lighter from here’ and the symbol of the harbinger of happiness and hope, the blue bird, I will create an animation of the revealing of a drawing of a bluebird as light shines through, creating an illumination of hope. 

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