Cap Sud (migrations)
An estimated 50 billion migratory birds fly every year
from their winter quarters to their breeding grounds.
About 5 billion (e.g. European Swallows) traverse the Sahara Desert at each hike in the fall and spring. Bearded geese fly at 10,000 altitude above the Himalayas.
Cuckoos of Camchatka, in the Asian part of Russia,
fly to Angola Africa to spend the winter – the longest known annual trip to date of migratory birds (14 000 km).
This hike allows these birds a change of habitat due
to food scarcity during the winter period, but also maximises their chances of reproduction.
In the background of these paintings appear parts from
a 19th century geographical map about the migration of birds, fragments of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches to the flight of birds and its manuscripts, the word MIGRATION in graphic repetition. You can see a mountain landscape and bridges,
which are painted in warm colors (summer) on the one hand
in contrast to cold tones (winter) on the other hand.
Bands in the sky that passes beyond the image oscillate in the rhythm of migrations. Small arrows indicate flight direction and small ovals represent migratory bird reproduction.
The traces of Chinese ink represent an abstraction of flying birds.
on metal // oil paint and Chinese ink // 54.5 x 74 cm