On Looking

4’ x 6’ inkjet print

Two cedar waxwings were found dead outside my studio. In an effort to understand them I dissected them fully, separating and labeling each and every part of both birds. The process is recorded here in photograph, each fragment organized and laid out alphabetically. The metric of organization separates the parts from their system. Knowledge of the birds is gained at the cost of losing the complexity of their being; this effort at understanding links intimacy with violence.