One for the Birds

Lorenzo Scaretti, one for the birds, parody of a Magritte's paint figures two birds in a cage with hat



mixed technique, sphere ø 60 cm to give birds flying space

Dedicated to Desiderius Erasmus and Bertie.





magritte birds

A birdcage - the shape of an outsized human head (ø 60 cm) - mockingly dressed
in a bowler hat and a bow tie decorated with butterfly designs. Inside the cage are
two budgerigars: literally the mind sings!

Erasmus of Rotterdam - to whose ‘Praise of Folly’ this work is dedicated - advocated
madness as opposed to the banality of a world eager for ephemeral things. In Samuel
Beckett’s opinion, ‘We are all born mad. Some remain so.’

Mocking the conventions of society, of morals, of ethics, or simply playing with words
or images is the privileged territory of art, an open field where anything goes, and
where you can give substance to the unspoken and the implied.

Since, perhaps, nothing is more serious than play - and in watching a child play, you
see how much you have to be really focused to play - sometimes it is good to laugh at
reality or to understand that today ‘… everything is so contradictory that we become
facetious in spite of ourselves.’ (Victor Shklovsky, ‘The Knight’s Move’)