M I K E  S H A F F E R 

Caged Bird


Behold The Caged Bird Sings
Wood, twigs, rope, objects, acrylic coatings
25 x 15 x 14 inches
(After Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, 1994)

Behold The Caged Bird Sings is a collection of symbols and metaphors that speak to the
period in U.S. history when many the country’s citizens especially women
remained disenfranchised of the right to vote. In her book published after the
suffrage movement but addressing continuing issues of discrimination, Angelo
allows that one of the few means by which birds denied their freedom can make
their voices heard is by singing. In this work, the cage encloses the proverbial
bird. Complimenting this metaphor for the downtrodden’s need to express their
views, placards represent the manner commonly used to demonstrate by
carrying signs of protest. The yellow rope, like tape marking a crime scene,
evokes the situation wherein adding insult to injury, women were arrested for
protesting and confined to the prison here at Lorton.










The Workhouse Arts Center Vulcan Gallery & Quad

April 11 through June 28, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday April 11, 2015, 6 - 9 pm

Workhouse Art Center
9518, Workhouse Way
Lortoon, VA 22079

Juror: Jennie Shanker, Independent Curator



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