Talking to Ashley Zelinskie

Question: Tell me about “Bird Cages”

“Bird Cages” always raises a lot of interesting questions. Yes, the coffins do contain real dead birds. No, I do not kill them in order to make the piece. They are purchased from a bird farmer who inevitably has a few losses every so often. The piece itself holds Buddhist symbolism. The dead birds are a reference to an old Tibetan Buddhist practice called meditation of the foul. During this process the monk is trained to detach from his impermanent worldly body by meditating on a dead body. When a young monk begins this process the first dead body on which they meditate is a bird. These pieces bring to western culture a little perspective on the quickness and preciousness of life.

Bird Cages


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