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Philosophical thoughts by birds, drawn and put into words by the artist


Philosophical thoughts by birds, drawn and put into words by the artist.

Birds was inspired by Jim Goldberg’s “Rich and Poor”, a collection of photographs of rich and poor Americans, each with a handwritten statement by the subject, thereby creating a heart gripping portrait of the USA.

It was a logical step to have an ornithologist (a fictional ornithologist) portrait birds in a similar way, for they have just as much to say about the human condition. If people would only listen.

I have no idea what people think of me,
I don’t think much of them, that’s for sure.
Life is a bitch for everyone and I’m
struggling, just like everyone else.
Compassion is a mistake and the seed
for sloth and weakness.
And nobody ever offered to help me
out in any way, so why should I?
Egon, buzzard

Johanna Thompson

Johanna Thompson studied New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her practice ranges from sound and performance to drawing and writing. She is one half of the art collective Umbra et Lux and co-author of the publication notes from the underground.

Text and drawings: Johanna Thompson
Design: Janine Sack
22 pages, 22 drawings
March 2018
ISBN 978-3-947295-15-9 epub (4 MB)
ISBN 978-3-947295-20-3 fixed epub (7 MB)
ISBN 978-3-947295-17-3 pdf (5 MB)
3,99 Euro

Also available as printed version

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