magpies [spring 2009]


This series of ten drawings was irretrievably returned to nature on a snowy morning in March. The first six drawings were placed in cloth bags with holes revealing the eyes, mouths, and magpies. The last four drawings were similarly covered with honey and birdseed. None of the drawings were documented before being concealed, and none of them have been recovered. The first was sunk in the river, the second floated away, the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth were buried, and the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth were left for birds.

Magpies are large predatory birds of the crow family. They build enormous, tangled nests and are the only known non-mammal with the ability to recognize itself in a mirror.