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Passer Domesticus

Catherine McClung's avatar Catherine McClung

Common, undesirable, trash bird are just some of the names used to describe the lowly House Sparrow. Their constant presence outside my door makes them easy to overlook. . Only in the past few years has the House Sparrow touched my heart so deeply. Jesus used the sparrow in the Gospel of Matthew as an example of God’s providence as did Shakespeare in Hamlet. The cheeping in unison of a flock of sparrows in a bush beneath my studio window each afternoon brings joy to my heart. My art piece combines a stunningly realistic watercolor painting of a sparrow surrounded by over-the-top opulence of gold leaf. Using stained borders and calligraphy, I have harkened back to the ornithological art of the ages. In 1758, Linnaeus chose the humble House Sparrow as one of the first animals to receive the scientific name, Passer Domesticus. Additionally, using gold leaf, I have illustrated the bird’s restless nature and their freedom of flight because, like other birds, they are always a flight risk.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3 inches
  • Medium: w/c and gold leaf
  • Width: 40 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 32 inches