"The rock dove, or as it is more commonly known, the feral pigeon, is quite an amazing creature. While it possesses the ability to travel very large distances, they do not migrate. many of these species have been moved to specific places in the world by man. Our feral pigeons of Boston, likely descendants of carrier pigeons of old. The rock dove takes its coloring from its habitat. This is why some have been especially prized for having a pure white coloring, while others look more like our own urban terrain. Some adapting the reddish tones of brick while others take on the grays and blues of concrete. They are a testament to the resilient and adaptive nature of a true city dweller."
- Kitty Zen
This piece was first presented at the 2016 Memorial Day Open House at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS
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Kitty Zen is a self-taught multimedia artist and humanitarian advocate based in Boston. As someone who has experienced PTSD, Kitty uses her artwork and gifts of self-expression to stay mindful and outgoing in an ever-expanding, fast-paced and awesome world and universe. Her connection to a larger, universal human experience is key in her life and in her art. She expresses this connection in multidimensional visual elements, dreamy, abstract features, and many works of interpretive imagery influenced by outer space.
Kitty uses her art to support herself, having started selling her art while homeless as a young adult. Kitty has grown into a professional artist, advocate, and activist, choosing to focus on issues of youth and family homelessness as well as harm reduction and prevention.
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