"Bird of Paradise Redux," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," wax and pigment screenprint by Dennis O'Neil. Edition: 1/30.
Designed in response to McClung Museum object: 2003.8.26, Six-plumed Bird of Paradise (Parotia sexpennis), 1875, by John Gould and Richard Bowdler Sharpe.
Artist statement: In the book Kingdom Under Glass, author Jay Kirk presents the story of genius taxidermist Karl Ackley and his journey from "stuffing thousands of native and exotic birds for the insatiable fashionable hats and curiosities market" during the early 20th century-to becoming a leading naturalist and environmentalist.
My selection from the collection is Six-plumed Bird of Para