This piece has remained my very favorite of all current art I have seen done online (or professionally) in the art world. Mostly it's because how well I can relate to it: for years I have had dreams, both beautiful and haunting, of birds escaping from my body. I've had ravens violently ripped from my cranium and swallows delicately encouraged from my chest with pieces of twine. Birds have always been a great source of inspiration for me in both everyday life and the dream world. My favorite bird is the sparrow: a simple little brown bird that holds no beauty compared to say the peacock, yet holds a special place in my heart for its classical iconography representing God's care for the smallest and most meaningless things. This is why my favorite song of all time is "Sparrow" by Kelley McRae, because I too sometimes feel like a sparrow.
This beautiful piece of work have inspired me countless times in my own work, and more personally my everyday life. I've considered getting a tattoo similar to the one in this piece because day in and day out, I have felt like this woman, this birdcage... Not quite full of pure sorrow or joy, but overwhelmed by a great and extraordinary deal of all these emotions at once, which escape from her body in the form of many birds.
Thank you for sharing this with the world! It has continued to move me throughout the years!
I seriously wish I could afford to commission you for a traditional piece of similar concept. But, with us both being artists (and I'm assuming you're also a student), I don't see that possible any time soon for either of us! Maybe in the future!