Pliny the Elder, the Roman author and naturalist, may have started the myth of ostriches burying their heads in the ground when he wrote that the birds “imagine when they have thrust their head and neck into a bush, that the whole of their body is concealed.” Though this phenomenon is not real, it is used to describe people who ignore the truth and refuse to accept reality. It is also, as time goes by, associated with more human emotions and psychology. Fear. Embarrassment. Ignorance. Unwillingness to participate. Anxiety.
This chair captures this moment, freezing these mixed feelings within this form of the flightless bird.
If the rumor were to be true, the ostrich failed to be a wild animal that needs to survive.
However, there is an aesthetic in the failure,
a bittersweet memory that I desire to recall, and home is the place for all of us to hide.