Artist Statement- Birds

     Birds are both fragile and powerful, mysterious and yet familiar, elegant and yet comic; they have come to represent for humanity the immeasurable aspects of life, that which we strive to understand and achieve. They thrive in vastly different climates, across all regions of the earth. They have appeared in the folklore, songs and literature of every human culture, and have become a part of the symbolic language we use to describe the indescribable.

     My sculptures serve as narrative pieces to engage the viewer into unseen internal struggles of the heart, life choices, and the unspoken interaction we have with other human beings. Through the form of birds, I am able to approach these more serious themes in a more lighthearted, approachable form.

~Chelsea Tinklenberg