Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sarah Smith: As The Crow Flies

Expressionist Art

Flying Crows: There is a number of myths associated with these black birds, including one of Aesop’s fables, “The Crow and the Pitcher,” attesting to their intelligence and ingenuity. Crows are intelligent, science confirms, but as myths and fables go, it is untrue that crows are attracted to small, shiny objects. As for the expression, “as the crow flies,” it suggests the shortest distance between two points, that is, a straight line. This is what crows tend to do. For this artist, the crow represents transition and transience. In an interview with Aesthetica (posted February 12, 2016), Sarah Smith says: “Crows (in fact all corvids) have always intrigued me. They are fascinating and intelligent creatures. I find their habits, rituals and flying displays utterly compelling and I really am in continual pursuit, forever attempting to capture their very essence. For me, they’re about communicating our fleeting presence upon this planet.”
Photo Credit: ©Sarah Smith, As the Crow Flies (III), 2013, 80cm x 55cm.  

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