Good Bird/Bad Bird: White

2005, 16 x 20″ (41.5 x 51cm)

In the biblical story of Noah and the flood we are told that, when the rain stopped, Noah first sent a white raven to explore the sea. Instead of returning to the Ark, this bird “kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth.” [Gen 8:7]. After the raven’s failure to return, Noah sent a white dove. The raven was forced to come back to the Ark where he was blackened and condemned to eat carrion. Who is the good bird? Who is the bad bird?

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