Green Pastures: The Birds That Didn't Learn How to Fly
This painting is one of a series of works by Dial depicting dead birds hanging from a clothesline, their lives cut short. The birds are fashioned from folded and crumpled gloves, which are then painted, wrapped with wire, and suspended from a line. Birds migrate to warmer climates to await the return of spring. Dial, who typically uses birds as symbols of freedom, promise, and success, has presented these dead birds as still and quiet reminders of lives and potential lost to indifference or worse. These birds, common specimens of the poor, have been caught in an environment of poverty, unemployment, disability, and lack of opportunity that plagues whole segments of our population.