Modified vintage paper fans, mirrors, hardware
Each fan measures 18 x 27 cm
Bird Flew is an installation of vintage paper fans from which flocks of birds have been cut. The fans were originally handed out in churches in the USA, before air-conditioning, to advertise local funeral homes and mortuaries. They are installed with the funeral home advertisement facing out, and the image on the back only visible in a fan-shaped mirror on the wall. With the ad emphasized and the image restricted, Bird Flew offers us a reminder of our own impending mortality. Referencing the tradition of covering mirrors when someone dies, each installation both reflects the past and offers us a glimpse into the future.