About this piece:
In 2011 I made photographs of extinct bird skins held in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. I photographed seven bird species (Bachman’s Warbler, Carolina Parakeet, Dusky Seaside Sparrow, Eskimo Curlew, Heath Hen, Ivory Billed Woodpecker and the Passenger Pigeon) for this project. I have found great pleasure in reading different accounts, ranging from essays to encyclopedic style entries, about species of extinct birds. The continued existence of these birds in the form of skins, specimens and eggs at museums worldwide, is evidence of our impulse to preserve. I have learned that advances in the science of cloning, have some pondering the startling possibility that extinct creatures might be reborn. Preservation, and the work of writers such as Christopher Cokinos (Hope is the Thing With Feathers) and Errol Fuller (Extinct Birds) give many extinct bird species a chance at another form of life. A life lived through story.
Photographs of birds digitally printed; envelopes are hand printed, labels and spine text laser etched. Structure based on an enhanced accordion binding structure designed by Hedi Kyle.
About the artist:
Lives and works in Aurora, Colorado
Alicia Bailey is a studio artist working across multiple disciplines. She has focused on book arts and assemblage since the mid-nineties, producing artists’ books, sculptural books and limited edition books. Alicia’s work embraces a wide variety of methods and materials. It has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections. An archive of her work in the book arts is under development at Penrose Special Collections, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.