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Bird Child Travels Through History

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by Angelina Marino-Heidel

  Image of Bird Child Travels Through History mural.
Creation: 2014
Medium: Acrylic on aluminum composite board
Discipline: Media arts
Location: Shute Park Branch Library
775 SE 10th Ave, Hillsboro OR
Exhibition: Permanent

Bird Child Travels Through History depicts a child in feathered cape on a journey through time and space. Pine needles, echoing the forest outside and the leaf patterns in the library windows, create a backdrop for images from petroglyphs, cave paintings, mythology and dance from around the world.

Marino’s mural can be appreciated on many levels. The images from different cultures are a treasure hunt for research; the colors and patterns excite the imagination, and the child’s launch into flight is emotionally uplifting. Inspired by traditional Hispanic and Native American dance and dress, the bird child takes flight traveling through time and space, visiting cave paintings and petrography from around the world. Included in the mural are scenes from She Who Watches from the Columbia Gorge; Coyote from Tennessee which is considered to be one of the oldest cave paintings in the US, Solar System from New Mexico, Horse from the Caves of Light in France and Dinosaur and Woolly Mammoth from Europe.

Artist Bio:
With a vivacious and exuberant spirit, Angelina Marino-Heidel brings vivid colors and expressive designs to her work in paint, glass fused to copper, pastels, sculpture and murals that can be seen in Beaverton, Astoria and many neighborhoods in Portland. Marino was a particularly fitting choice for the library because she illustrates books, often collaborating with poets. Her latest, Everyone Out Here Knows: A Big Foot Tale, features text by longtime Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford, and was published in conjunction with Stafford’s centennial commemoration.

Marino designs the pieces in her home studio, and then paints the panels outdoors in her Portland garden. Her husband Joel Heidel, a sculptor and painter, is her frequent collaborator and kindly, supportive presence.


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