Christine Alfery

Posted on May 12 2022


Featured image: Study of the Rose Breasted Woodpecker

Descriptions, identifying, labeling, classification of something,- are we as unique, original, one-of-a-kind beings belong to a system of classification? Taxonomies?

My bird series is all about classifications and labeling human beings and placing us in little cubbies neatly defined. Classifications are menus. I ask the question in my bird series, “Do you follow a menu word for word when you cook or bake something? Or do you improvise?”

I have never made my chocolate chip cookies the same way twice. Personally, I think the difference between an artist and the “other” is whether they follow a menu or not, whether they improvise like a jazz musician or a chief or are bound to the manuscript, the menu. Big difference.


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