This week’s art activity of 10/10—Reflections on a Decade of Exhibitions is inspired by the work of Hitnes, an Italian artist whose work was featured in the exhibition The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon in 2018. Hitnes created this work during a residency which brought him on a journey across twenty cities in the United States to retrace John James Audubon’s travels. Along the way he sketched and painted his surroundings, resulting in him creating an updated documentation of Audubon’s observations in The Birds of America (1827–38). Charleston specifically was a significant place, as Audubon kept a studio here, documented specimens from the sea islands and surrounding areas, and even included the city skyline in the background of one of his drawings.
For this simple at-home project, we encourage readers to take a closer look at the birds featured in both Hitnes and Audubon’s work by creating your very own bird mask!
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By Sarah Berry, Halsey Institute education coordinator