Between Folds / British Birds (colour)

Material: A History of British Birds by the Rev. F.O. Morris. Vol II, 2nd edition. London: George Bell & Sons, 1870
88 x 92 cm each (diptych)
2012

This Between Folds diptych uses every single page of Morris’s early second edition of A History of British Birds. With both words and images exposed, Francisca reverses the folds of the pages to make two mirroring circles, each one an inversion of the other. Together they form a colon – a symbol exploding with the lively expression of what birds are. Creating a visual list, each small and beautiful detail of every bird is triumphant in its power of immediately revealing its species. The flash of a wing, a beady eye, the coloured crown of a head or breast – all are caught through the fluttering of folds as a peek of a birdwatcher, stole through the branches of a tree.