07/17. Charcoal, Oil and Mixed media on board. 965mm x 695mm.
Pigeons and doves are likely the most common birds in the world. The feral pigeon is now one of the most successful and resourceful species on the planet and is found in virtually every part of the globe with the exception of the Sahara Desert and the two Polar ice caps. The bird has adapted to survive in extreme weather conditions and in temperatures ranging from -50° to +50°, yet it has still managed to proliferate. The pigeon is one of the most intelligent species on the planet and able to undertake tasks that were previously thought to be the sole preserve of humans and primates. The pigeon can pass the ‘mirror test’ (being able to recognise its own reflection in a mirror) and can even recognize all 26 letters of the alphabet. Millions of urban pigeons are killed annually by the pest control industry for commercial gain and volumes of propaganda is disseminated suggesting that pigeons are disease carriers and that they pose a significant threat to human health. A majority of this misinformation has no basis in fact, or is wildly exaggerated. I find the resounding and numerous similarities between doves and the human condition astounding. The facts suggest your primitive nature despite our proclamation to the top of the food chain.