Birds of Paradise

This short work repeats three times

It whistles

It sings

It twinkles on the piano and the dance floor

It reminds me of music lessons in year 9 at school….

The lesson was on ‘variation and theme’ and we examined Mozart’s variations of ‘twinkle twinkle little star’. This childhood classic has a melody that lies dormant in everyone’s schema. The familiar tune is associative to all our childhood memories despite how far the variation stray’s from the theme.

The Birds of Paradise work is close to home with familiar figures. The audience watches these disney princess-like characters working hard to attract a mate, with surprises of colour and sound amongst the display. In the third variation there is a simple puzzle that does not challenge the problem solving responses of the schema, like most contemporary art should, but offers the comfort of a happy ending.


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