Brenda Sipe's avatar Brenda Sipe

"Sing" is a sculpture of steel, branches, and wire, suspended from the ceiling and holding more than fifty bronze painted clay birds created by the artist, with their beaks open in varying degrees of singing. There is a gentle lyrical movement to the spiraling steel as it moves with the air. Made to resemble natural forms, such as willow, the "cage" form is based on my earlier "Birds of a Feather" series. The piece references Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," and represents structures that can be perceived as either limiting or freeing. Birds, displayed on a curving branch both inside and outside of the cage, represent a variety of perceptions about freedom and structures.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 6
  • Medium: steel, copper wire, clay, paint
  • Width: 6
  • Year created: 0
  • Height: 12