Mixed Media Sculpture of Janell Oakes - Birds symbolize freedom and a connection between the physical and spiritual worlds. Likewise, music and literature allow us to slip our earthly bonds and soar into new realities. It seems only natural to combine the two. The sculptures in this series are three-dimensional extensions of my paintings on canvas. Loose linework conveys the joy of creating. Collage, in the form of book pages and sheet music, adds visual complexity and substance. These elements culminate in pieces that are both playful and nuanced.