bird, box & spindle

Cuckoo/Leaving the Nest II: Courage

Cuckoo/Leaving the Nest II: Courage, 1994

Drawing/Collage (24"x 24")
Private Collection
© Julie Lapalme


bird: voice

The Cuckoo Bird which triples in size and dwarfs the parent bird with its voracious hunger represents independence from the nest/family. While the pigeon leaves the nest through flight — avoiding conflict, the cuckoo bird faces conflict head-on with a loud voice. With each new molting, the Cuckoo Bird freely exhibits emotions traditionally deemed as "unfeminine", such as anger, frustration and assertiveness and does not apologize for her desire for love, sex, pleasure and power.


Family Tree  l  Pigeon: Cowardice  l  Cuckoo: Courage  l  Mme. Cowbird  l  L'Escalier Unique
Winding Staircase  l  House of my Own  l  L'Escalier qui monte