With this body of work I’ve started exploring relationships between animals and humans, and have become fascinated with falconry.
My fascination around this subject is not just about birds of prey and their symbolizing the natural world, but it is also a dive into the allegorical. The glove (aka ‘the gauntlet’) one uses to have a direct relationship with these birds is itself is an intriguing subject: in order to interact with these birds (ie: the natural world) we need protection from them, and once we protect ourselves we then seek to work alongside them to educate and hunt and work. The falcon in particular has so many symbolic representations in our culture: freedom, power, focus, aspiration. Having a bird of prey return to your uplifted arm is like communing with nature; it is a rejoining and re-understanding that we are not independent from nature, we are part of it and we must respect that fact and work with it to survive.