Caroline Barnes
Illustration
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Artist Statement

Brookline Turkeys celebrates the Town of Brookline and its freewheeling fearless feathered friends, aka our wild turkeys. Viewed by many as an invasive species, turkeys are actually native to this area and are simply returning home. But they haven’t exactly received a warm welcome, have they? Plenty of people fear them, distrust them, hate them. But does this stop the turkeys from living their turkascious lives? Heck, no. They continue to strut down the street, hold up traffic, block doors, and destroy mirrors. You’ve got to admit, that’s pure moxie. And perhaps this is why I so admire them.

I’ve always been a big fan of the early travel posters from the 1920s and ‘30s. This art form encouraged us to enjoy life, whether it be to ski, to swim, play tennis or drink a good beer. When I decided to create a series of travel posters portraying the town I love, it seemed only natural to feature my beloved turkeys. Would it be a serious project, with grandiosity and gravity? Of course not. Although turkeys are gracefully geometric and beautifully colored (in the right light), they’re still utterly absurd. And so, ultimately, the posters carry that same silliness.

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