Flock and Owl Bomber
Flock is a made of life-size song birds and WWII model prop planes; originally a study in convergent evolution between the mechanical and biological, the flock became a commentary on gender and war. The USAF decorated all of their planes with shark mouths, pin-up girls, lightning bolts, animals and written messages. They were as varied and colorful as the birds – the male birds. The piece lead me into the hyper male worlds of competitive birding, model making, and war. The brightly colored and aggressive male songbirds mirrored the aggressiveness of the US flyboys coming into WWII, to create a Darwinian flock of competing forces within the group that’s unleashed at anything in their path.