The Charge, The Supporter, and The Crest
Birds are indispensable in heraldry, and the double-headed eagle has been used throughout history to represent any number of empires, nations, individual families, sports clubs, and rites of freemasons. Meant to display a special variety of all-seeing, all-knowing, unified power, the emblem’s dicephaly can be subverted if people concern themselves with quiet active observation instead, with looking outward in all directions and taking note of their close neighbors.
“and in a poem, birds are always poet stand-ins” – David Orr, Beautiful & Pointless
A. Reid is an artist, writer and educator in Worcester, Massachusetts. She pursues creative practices as a rigorous method of learning and doing work, concerned as she is with the careful consideration of very small things.