I was chicken-sitting for neighbors one winter a few years back. There had been a lot of snow and while the chickens loved to peck the snow, it was way too deep for them to walk in, so they had been stuck in a small patio I was shoveling for them.
This was the first warm day and the snow began to melt around objects such as this free-standing door. They were thrilled to sneak along the edges of the snow and peck in the dirt for greens and roots.
My friend and I are having a duet show at the Memorial Art Gallery at The Friendly Home at 3156 East Avenue, “Flora and Fauna,” her flowers and my animals, until June 30th, 2014. Follow the link above to see my friend’s artwork. Here’s what’s showing of mine:
These chickens lived next door. I was taking care of them for two months over a cold and snowy winter. This was the first day in months the snow was down enough so that they could run around some of the yard. They were having a great time.
I named it Interruption because they seemed to be waiting for me to withdraw so they could go back to their own affairs, which was examining the exposed earth around this old snow-filled barrel.