Deborah Lamoreux’s “Birds of America: The Photographs” will be on view until Feb. 6 at The Artery, 207 G St. in downtown Davis.
This series was inspired by the paintings of James Audubon. After reading a biography of Audubon, Lamoreux decided a worthwhile challenging lifelong project would be to photograph every bird that still exists today from the 450 plates published in the 19th century.
These photographs capture birds in the 21st century environment a dramatic contrast from the American wilderness Audubon experienced. Also, intriguing is the contrast of mediums, with today’s digital photo technology enabling the artist to portray birds in a new light.
This is the first group of approximately 25 photographs, which include local and California birds, such as the burrowing owl, yellow-billed magpie and red-winged blackbird. Birds from Florida, Cape Cod and Maine, places the photographer spends time visiting, also will be on view.
Audubon’s genius was his ability to creatively portray birds in life-like poses. Lamoreux’s goal is to combine advanced photo techniques with a painterly vision.
Special guest artist Janine Echabarne was invited to collaborate with this project and has created several exhibition-quality bird-theme sterling silver necklaces and other jewelry specifically for this show.
The Artery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (Fridays until 9 p.m.) and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.