September 20, 2012 - May 5, 2013
Philadelphia artist Victoria Gold is
fascinated with pigeons. Living in the city, Gold has daily interactions with them as
pigeons are a large part of the urban landscape -- so much so, that they are
often overlooked. Yet, their prevalence as they co-mingle amongst humanity is
at times considered a nuisance. But Gold has learned to appreciate their
presence as they sit on the ledge of her window-sill she can observe them up
close. She describes one such moment as magical, “feeling like I shared a
secret being able to see them right there on the other side of the glass.” Gold
has read books about pigeons and learned about their origins, habits, and how
they were previously used as messengers during war times – literally credited
with saving soldiers’ lives. And she says that most interestingly, she learned
that no two pigeons are identical. That each has its own individual colors,
markings, and behavioral characteristics.
Gold’s handcrafted ceramic pigeons honor
these city birds as she has lovingly captured their beauty and uniqueness. She has
carefully sculpted their individual shapes, textures, balance, and footing.
Yet, some are more folk-like as they don candle holders atop their backs – a
whimsical reminder of their functional use as carrier pigeons.
Gold’s admiration of these familiar birds is
obvious. And the next time one
encounters pigeons in a city park, street-side, or nesting on a ledge, hopefully
their presence will recall Gold’s endearing re-creations.