Time for us to leave this part of Italy for three nights in Rome. I’ve left my favourite wee corner for last.
Coming to Italy is emotional for me. My Mum loved the place, and the language. A few days before she died she asked us if we thought they’d sing in Italian in heaven.
I first came to Italy just a day or two after her funeral. At the service everyone wore some turquoise/mint green as it had been her favourite colour. She’d painted the family home white and that light turquoise/aqua shade in the early 80s and it’s still like that now- they even used to have a wheelbarrow outside painted to match.
Mum wore shades of that colour a LOT and adored it in homeware and buildings.
When we arrived this was the first thing we saw and I so wished I could send it to her. She would have loved it! Miss you Mum 💗
Friends! My show “Long-Term Residents: Trees of Block Island” runs from July 25-October 14, 2019 at the Block Island Historical Society, 18 Old Town Road. Opening reception July 25, 6-8pm. I’ll be there! …
From the catalogue introduction by curator and designer Susan Sellers:
Trees are rare on Block Island. Agricultural
deforestation in the early nineteenth century has
left the land relatively low and bare. Perhaps as a
consequence, the oldest trees on the island take on
remarkable stature. And so we present the portraits
of Sarah Bird, an artist dedicated to “the beauty
and complexity of these great protagonists.” Most recently, Sarah has been working on a beautiful series of tree portraits. She is also about to pull up stakes on the east coast to begin a PhD program in creative ecologies at UC Santa Cruz so when the opportunity came along to curate a small exhibition for the Historical Society this summer, I jumped at the chance to work with Sarah to create a series of original artworks dedicated to the Island’s few yet magnificent trees. Under the advisement of the Historical
Society, Bird has photographed Block Island’s
most iconic actors in the landscape: trees located
at familiar landmarks or on historic properties.
Some mark sentimental journeys or points of
transition in the use and treatment of the land.
All carry stories of island history: long-term residents
and partners in the life and preservation of the Island.
Sale of the nine prints in the show supports the Historical Society (and artist!) Each is available in 16x24 (Edition of 10) or 26.6x40 (Edition of 7). Archival inkjet prints on Hannemuhle photo rag.
Last image is a peek at the catalogue of drawings based on the trees (forthcoming.) #protagonists #sentinels #trees #blockisland #stonewalls #photographs #fog #pencildrawings #sarahbirdstudio
It’s a hot Saturday here in NYC.
Baron is relaxing in the shade on the grass by the stone walls of the historic Fort Wadsworth under the Verrazano bridge. 🌉
I am glad to be back home after a lovely trip to beautiful Florida. Missed my furry babes a lot!! ~