Dado sent me these birds by series, like postcards. After a while, I had a full collection. It could have remained a secret, like a correspondence between friends.
To shape them, Dado used an encyclopedia of ornithology. The cover of the book and the title page being gone, we will never know which one. And we should not expect Dado to tell us. He does not care about references and favors the random impulses that inspire the appointments we never miss. He is not even sure that the name of some birds, written in full letters on the ripped pages, provoked his creative spark. Rock ptarmigan, Storm petrel, Eurasian siskin, Tree pipit, Manx shearwater, Common pochard. Specialized terminology certainly leaves room for fantasy. We should not be surprised to see the familiar robin in green and blue. The relationship to the natural world suggested by the book content is so free and extravagant that we feel baffled when, along the plates, we stumble upon the well-known silhouette of an owl, woodpecker or chickadee. We might think that Dado is reconnecting with some images still alive in some obsessive memories from his past.
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