Entry Title: "Hipstabird Series"
Name: Karen Divine , United States
Category and Expertise: Collage|Digitally Enhanced|Deeper Perspective, Non-Professional


Entry Description: The Hipstabird Series is a combination of my digital photos, emulsion slide transfers and images taken with the “hipstamatic” app on the iphone. This body of work represents the relevance between one’s ordinary experiences, one’s spirit and the source that connects us all. I relish the contemplative, those things that nurture an introspective insight into who we are. In this series the chicken and the seagull have become metaphors for this journey. In folklore, the chicken represents a transitional animal, one poised on the threshold of change. They awake each day knowing to look for the light. The seagull is a survivor and are shore birds and seldom venture far from land. Seashores are places of great mystery and magic, a unique combination of both land and sea. The seagull symbolizes how to effectively live in both dimensions.

Story: The Hipstabird Series is a combination of my digital photos, emulsion slide transfers and images taken with the “hipstamatic” app on the iphone. This body of work represents the relevance between one’s ordinary experiences, one’s spirit and the source that connects us all. I relish the contemplative, those things that nurture an introspective insight into who we are. In this series the chicken and the seagull have become metaphors for this journey. It’s my way of discovering meaning and understanding through the creative process. I love chickens, the softness of their feathers and their rich red combs and ivory beaks. I love the rooster’s crowing in the early morning and whenever I travel, I seek out the heart of the city, the local markets where the community thrives and is nourished. In folklore, the chicken represents a transitional animal, one poised on the threshold of change. They are keenly aware of the darkness, and they awake each day knowing to look for the light. The seagull is a survivor and represents stamina, perseverance and cunning. They are shore birds and seldom venture far from land. Seashores are places of great mystery and magic, a unique combination of both land and sea. The seagull symbolizes how to effectively live in both dimensions. I begin with just a simple concept, “birds”. Using the symbolism of the chicken and the seagull, the images take on a life of their own, becoming a reflection of my personal journey. Presented are five of 20 images. At the end, the bird has been set free…at least for the moment.

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