Whenever I see a bird on a tree, I think of Wallace Stevens’ poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” My favorite stanza’s this one:
I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.
Sanctus refers to the vanishing habitats of birds, among others, in the face of climate change and habitat destruction. Images are obscured, eroded, effaced, often seen only in silhouette, as though they are disappearing directly before us.
Sanctus’ theme ties in nicely with NRDC’s goals for the prize: “reminding viewers of the earth’s natural beauty and drawing attention to the serious environmental threats facing our planet.” Saundra’s work will be exhibited at the Nabi Gallery
in New York City starting June 10 — along with the works of other prize finalists.
Can’t make it all the way to New York? See Saundra’s other paintings — as well as the works of the other finalists — on Flickr.
One way of looking at a yellow bird
San Francisco artist Saundra McPherson wins NRDC's environmental art prize with works that examine vanishing bird habitats.