The indistinct backgrounds of these prints offer few clues to the crows' surroundings: the dense patterns of charcoals, grays, and whites, accented with thick black bands may suggest the universality of crows and their ordinariness in New England life. The stray markings scattered throughout the prints capture the crows' cacophonous sounds.
Three of the prints present active crows engaged with their surroundings. The fourth, A Murder of Crows 5 (perched) shows a bird's body neatly compressed, its mouth closed and its wings meticulously in place. This calm crow stares blankly forward while its talons curl around an unknown object, making it appear suspended in air.
Written by Emma Hutchins, Class of 2015
animals; birds; feathers; symbolism; deaths
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