Artist Statement from Birdie Busch:
As an artist who is also a songwriter, I love meditating on the etymology of words through my visual practice. Lately I have been pondering the word flow and its origins, as well as the idea of the flow state. I am trying to not drown or be numbed in this modern era of information, stay connected to my sources of true joy, and choose the right abundance.
I love patternwork and repetition and the various ways it shows up in the world. The uninterrupted movement of it quiets my mind. I come from a lineage of Polish immigrants that settled in Camden, NJ in the latter half of the 19th century. I am drawn to Polish folk art like pajaki (of which these hanging pieces are inspired by) as a creative line to my past whilst also delighting in how futuristic, otherworldly, and modern the forms can feel. In the making of them I feel a sense of spirit restoration and total delight.
I want to live a deeply sensual life. I want time to feel less like a flood and more like a peaceful river. This installation is a reflection of me sitting by its banks pondering how I personally navigate this great quantity.