”How do you know but ev’ry Bird that cuts the airy way, Is an immense world of delight, clos’d by your senses five?’ William Blake
Lisa Cole is fascinated by the possibility of turning intangible things into objects we can hold and patterns and shapes we can see. Her work records and presents data in a way that can be accessed by different senses. Sounds can be felt, movement can be seen.
The Ev’ry Bird series of drawings capture moments in time through lines created by wildlife and weather.
Each original drawing takes 12 hours. They are made by a drawing machine that comprises a swinging platform with pens attached to a bird feeder. Every movement of birds and winds creates a movement, either of the paper or the pen.
In the daytime temperature changes of more than 2 degrees centigrade are celebrated with a change of colour. Windy days create stronger lines, calm days make for blots and intense ink work in particular areas.
At night the drawing machine is loaded up with a dark pen.
“June has been busy for the sparrows in my tiny garden. In early June the babies left the nest and the mothers collected seeds from the feeder to deliver to the little ones waiting underneath. It is my hope that throughout the month I will see the babies grow to feed themselves and provide more movement for the drawings to capture.”
Each Bird and Wind Drawing is hand typed with the date and forecast for the day.