Lovely and Amazing: Bird Box - To Value Goodness: Mourning Dove


    © 2011
  • Dimensions (in inches): 2.7 x 5 x 6.5
  • Materials:Wood box and boards, relief and silkscreen printed papers, black and white photographs, color inkjet prints, mica, bookcloth, suede, ribbon, bird feet and feathers.
  • Collection of: artists collection (available)


The 3 boxes this series started are part of my great-aunt’s archive. This one includes a book bound in a form developed by Hedi Kyle that she calls the Mongolian binding. The two rigid pages are wood panels backed with inkjet photographs of mourning dove study skins with protective mica overglazing. The box interior has two recessed compartments; one with a partial mourning dove wing, the other with two bird fee, both protected by an overglaze of mica. The top inside of the lid has an original photograph taken in the 40’s; the outside lid has an enlargement of the same photograph, with the title etched in a protective layer of mica. Sandwiched between the photo and the mica is free floating dove feather.
Photographs (originals and scanned) are images taken by Denver ornithologist and Camp Fire Girl leader Ruth Wheeler during the years 1944-1950