Louie Laskowski

Squawking Bird

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Oil-based Monoprint

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Squawking Bird Greeting the Sun, 24" x 18"


Squawking Bird Leting the Skeleton Out of the Closet, 22" x 30"


Squawking Bird Meeting Her Indian Spirit, 22" x 30"


Squawking Bird Receiving Knowledge, 22" x 30"


Squawking Bird in a Museum, 22" x 30"
Collection of Gretchen Mehring

Not being afraid to experience life is the message in the "Squawking Bird" series of prints. Squawking bird is symbolic of the life force that is open to opportunities willing to face anything head on, and ready to go after it all. The "bird" is an ancient motif for woman and relates to the nesting need, but the squawking bird represents adventure into the self through reality, a go-get-'em kind of fowl.

These black and white prints are monotypes. I inked my plate and used a subtraction technique to create these compositions. "Greeting the Sun" gives tribute to joyful song, the day and new beginnings; "Letting the Skeleton Out of the Closet" pokes fun at inner fears; "In a Museum" shows squawking bird not as a viewer, but as a part of the collection, possibly in shocked recognition of archival fame. "Meeting Her Indian Spirit" relates to experimentation, mysticisim, magic and ritual. And finally, "Receiving Knowledge" is about knowledge as power, but along with power comes responsibility, and with responsibility comes wisdom and without wisdom, knowledge is nothing.


Louie Laskowski Studio
P.O. Box 428
307 Railroad Street
Brookston, IN 47923
(765) 563-6577

E-mail: louie@dcwi.com

[IAC LOGO] LOUIE LASKOWSKI is an Indiana Arts Commission Fellowship Recipient

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