Category Archives: Bird series

On the Line

On the Line

“On the Line” is a 4′ x 7″ mixed media assemblage by Heather Brush.

detailThe birds on the wire are made of upcycled antique Remington typewriter keys and key pads, wire, and wire ribbon. The background is collaged of bits of pages from antique children’s books.

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Smile for the birdie

Smile for the birdie

SOLD! 5″ x 7″  Smile for the birdie is an assemblage in my bird series. This piece hangs on the wall and was created from found objects.

The camera is an antique Kodak Instamatic. The bird is from a teapot, the photo from an old scrapbook I picked up somewhere. I don’t know the people but I love the way the woman is leaning in to the man. I imagine they are mother and son, smiling for the camera.

It’s sad that most of today’s generation of youth will never know the joy of film cameras, or even, print photos. This piece is a reminder of what we have had.

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Trapped by desire

Trapped by desire

 

10″ x 5″  Trapped by desire is an assemblage in my bird series. Assemblage is a form of art where found and created objects are upcycled and brought together to create something new – kind of like life.

The pieces here are simple. A glass votive form, wire, a metal hummingbird, wooden base, silver base, silvertoned grating and a few odds and ends. Brought together by my twisted mind.

 

 

 

 

By Heather Brush. For sale.

A little bird told

A little bird told

10″ x 12″  A little bird told, an assemblage piece, is part of my bird series of art. This piece began a long time ago, when I was a little girl and my visits with daddy would begin with him telling me that a little bird told him one thing or another about me. I sometimes wished that bird would keep its secrets safe. Here,  the bird sits on a nest of barbed wire and secrets, while little by little, the secrets escape.

Having broken through the glass, truth breaks free of the protective bubble. The bird is metal and clutches in its beak a metal chain holding a scroll. The base is an antique oil lamp wall mount.

In more natural light

Above, you can see the truer colors of the piece. The brown and black are paints just the way they were found. Note the beautiful scrollwork of the iron holder. They just don’t make things like this anymore.

Whether you let your secret birds fly of try to  hold them close, the piece may speak to you.

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Silver Twitter

Silver Twitter

5″ x 7″   Silver Twitter is an assemblage piece in my birds series. She’s a simple hanging sculpture, created of various silver toned parts. The nest is made of ornamentation from a glass lamp that sadly shattered, metal scouring pad, and chain. The bird is a kitchen gadget! She’s a lemon slice vice.  The piece hangs on a silvery hook, wherever you wish to add a bit of bird.

Silver Twitter hanging in my piece Blown by the Winds of Time

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Nestled

Nestled

SOLD!  5″ x 8″   Nestled is an assemblage in my bird series. The nest is created of rusty barbed wire, copper tubing, old landscape material staples and wire, and the metal grid off an old dartboard, with a few trinkets thrown in because even birds like a little flair now and then. The bird is made of a half of an antique metal coin bank, an old spoon, and a metal cup. The nest sits on a rusty hinge for easy hanging on a wall, but the piece also sits  on a shelf.

Assemblage art is a repurposing of materials, upcycling, altering of form and intent to create something new.

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Vibrant bird

Vibrant bird in a black and white world

5″ x 9″  Vibrant bird is an assemblage in a new series revolving around the winged. The bird was found at an antique store, for a song. The nest was created from painted nails and metal mesh, and stands on a candle holder.

I relate to this bird at times, being an artist and finding joy and art in what others see as mundane and invisible in their every day lives. That’s not to say my view is superior, far from it! I simply cannot ignore what I see. The nails represent the harsh reality of the world that we often have to deal with. I choose to make the best of it, make a nest of it. I embrace that new box of 64 crayons and pay homage to each color, relishing their scent, feel, vibrancy, and potential.

By Heather Brush. For sale.