PAINTINGS > The Birds Will Sing

The Birds Will Sing, takes its title from the sweetly, bucolic title of an old Cajun folk song. The song, instead of following the title’s lead, is actually a murder ballad. This painting series follows in its depiction of what appears at first glance to be simply breathtaking landscapes, but which are overlaid with wistfully dark statements about contemporary love.

Huckins’ meticulously hand-painted works are sourced from public domain and museum collections of classic American paintings. These landscapes, in the tradition of the great 19th century masters like Bierstadt and The Hudson River School, are paired with text pulled from social media. These phrases appear in the texting acronyms, digital shorthand, and misspellings of current virtual communication.

The hasty text appears in sharp contrast both in form and content to these landscapes that represent an era when communication (and just about everything else) took time and had to be planned in great detail. The immediacy and speed of contemporary life deeply impacts our human connections - sometimes for the better and sometimes not. Huckins is pointedly asking if the devolution of language in the face of technological advancement weakens our ability to empathize and connect to one another in a meaningful way. Personal lives and loves are now lived publicly in a way that is completely new and yet the heartbreak of love remains a thread connecting past and present.

NOTE: All works are physical paintings, NOT digital and/or photoshopped images.

Among The Sierra Nevada: This Place Brings Back Memories We Could Have Made
acrylic on raw canvas
62 x 94 in (157 x 239 cm)
2021
Among The Sierra Nevada: This Place Brings Back Memories We Could Have Made
acrylic on raw canvas
62 x 94 in (157 x 239 cm)
2021
Sunrise at The Matterhorn: You Had Me At Goodbye
acrylic on canvas
54 x 40 in (137 x 102 cm)
2021
Sunset: Love Yourself (I'm Not My Type)
oil on canvas
28 x 20 in (51 x 46 cm)
2021
Sierra Nevada: Control Alt Delete Me
acrylic on raw canvas
66 x 96 in (168 x 244 cm)
2021
Mountain Landscape Study: Go. Away.
oil on panel
16 x 20 in (41 x 51 cm)
2021
Sunset In The Rockies: Whoever I End Up With, I'm Sorry
oil + acrylic on canvas
32 x 42 in (66 x 81 cm)
2021
Mountain Peak: Ghost Me
oil + acrylic on canvas
14 x 18 in (36 x 46 cm)
2021
Morteratsch Glacier: Whatever. I Tried.
oil + acrylic on raw canvas
24 x 42 in (61 x 107 cm)
2021
Nightfall Color Study: Touch Me
oil on canvas
12 x 18 in (30 x 46 cm)
2021
Storm In The Mountains: You Are The Only One For You
oil + acrylic on canvas
38 x 58 in (97 x 147 cm)
2021
Mountain Range Study: Well, Duh.
oil on canvas
12 x 16 in (30 x 41 cm)
2021
Lake Louise: I'm The Best Thing You Never Heard Of
oil on canvas
28 x 40 in (71 x 102 cm)
2021
Maroon Bells: What The Actual Fuck
oil on canvas
18 x 28 in (46 x 71 cm)
2021
Rising of a Thunderstorm at Sea: Hello?
oil + acrylic on canvas
16 x 22 in (41 x 56 cm)
2021
Matterhorn: Only With Us, Love Knows Bounds
acrylic on canvas
40 x 32 in (102 x 81 cm)
2020
Storm Among The Alps: Don’t At Me
oil + acrylic on canvas
24 x 16 in (61 x 41 cm)
2021
Evening Glow At Lake Louise: Hey Siri, How Do I Leave The Planet?
acrylic on canvas
60 x 84 in (152 x 213 cm)
2019
Mount Katahdin: Honey, It’s Not Me…It’s Definitely You
acrylic on canvas
32 x 50 in (81 x 127 cm)
2020