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


Advertisements
Tagged

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: