"Bizzarre! Female Red-Winged Blackbird with Red Epaulets!"
6.5 x 8.5”
charcoal, acrylic and oil on mounted paper in reclaimed frame
Occasionally, female Red-Winged Blackbirds will develop red epaulets, widely understood to be a feature only males of the species are “supposed to” possess. The coloration does not seem to impede on breeding success or other normal functions. The females simply exist. I understand this as an instance of “queerness” in nature, by which I mean our heteronormative understandings falls short of comprehending the species’ full spectrum of existence.