To inspire, challenge and educate through cultural events and highly-distinctive, curated visual art exhibitions
with the purpose of strengthening and sustaining our community.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
June 6 - August 18
And By The Wind Grieved
This work was supported by funds from Western Michigan University’s Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award and a Frostic School of Art Faculty Development Grant.
Who are these animals, their lights gone out? What journeys have fallen apart here?
Barry Lopez, “Apologia”
Over the past two years, Karen Bondarchuk has found more dead birds than at any other time in her life. Instinctively she feels a deep responsibility to honor or commemorate the life that was. The works in this exhibition are collectively rather mortuary in nature. Her work has focused on common thematic elements of animals and language, examining linguistic and physiological connections between animals and humans. Language plays a central role in the human-animal divide, often serving as the singular distinguishing trait that elevates “us” above “them” (despite the fact that they communicate with vocalizing of their own). Chief among those creatures at the cutting edge of scientific scrutiny are corvids (mainly crows and ravens, but also including jays, rooks, choughs, jackdaws, among others). “I am ever inspired by the Darwinian notion that difference in human and animal intelligence is a matter of degree and not kind,” Bondarchuk states.
The work in this exhibition is an attempt to encounter, to grasp after visually, something of the complexity of humanness and life – of being a mother, a daughter, a mammal – which includes the unsettling knowledge of mortality, but levity as well.
Remembering speechlessly we seek the great forgotten language, the lost lane-end into heaven, a stone, a leaf, an unfound door. Where? When?
O lost, and by the wind grieved, ghost, come back again.
Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel