Binoculars and the camera bring me closer to the birds, but paradoxically emphasize our distance from each other, always mediated through glass and technology. Seeing the details of the birds makes me yearn to touch them, but they are truly (wonderfully) wild and petting is out of the question.

I started making felted bird eyes as a strategy to get closer to the birds, to imagine that I have touched them. Installed together, they testify to my relationship with the natural world, and to the tension between diversity and familiarity. Individually, they are my not-so-imaginary friends.