Gary's First Lesson on Life and Death
Gary's First Lesson on Life and Death is the result of months of capturing and stuffing cardinals...JUST KIDDING. These are all artificial cardinals which were acquired over time with the assistance of friends and family. This wall sculpture is 67" high, 58" wide, and 12" deep. The cardinals are mounted to a concave frame which causes them to recede into space, drawing the viewer into their soft, feathery world. Gary's First Lesson on Life and Death has optional LED backlighting to provide a study in shape and shadow when viewed after dark.
Tamara was inspired to create Gary's First Lesson on Life and Death after the impression left byher late husband's story about his 5-year-old Gary self first understanding the difference between living things and dead things. His 5-year-old self saw a beautiful, electric, vibrant cardinal singing his little heart out on a branch overhead. Being a little boy, he picked up a rock to throw at the bird. His rock missed the bird, but hit a branch nearby causing it to drive right through the cardinal's breast. He said the bird looked as surprised as he felt as it fell from the branch. By the time Gary reached the bird, the life had left, the color had drained away and it had clearly already joined the spirit world.