Photo: Sara Berton
Bird Club is a public program that Mariëlle Videler developed for the Bird Bath exhibition. Videler got inspired by American pioneer naturalist and writer Florence Merriam Bailey (1863-1947). Bailey educated society about live birds in their natural environment, instead of first shooting them for study or decoration. In the late 19th century it was fashionable for women in the United States, as well as in Europe, to wear a hat with colorful feathers or even a whole stuffed bird on top. ‘Her sole weapon wasn’t a gun but an opera glass’.
Every day in the afternoon, during the gallery opening days, a woman shared a personal story about a bird in the context of the installation with 365 bird drawings. The woman lay on a low sculpture as grey as a rock, a textile application with a geometric motif. The outline of the sculpture is derived from a cat: one of the small birds enemies.