> Home > Things To Do > Arts & Heritage > Burnaby Art Gallery > Exhibitions > Diana Kemble: Selections from the Birdsong Series

Things To Do

Was this page helpful? Yes | No

Diana Kemble: Selections from the Birdsong Series

Diana Kemble: Selections from the Birdsong Series
McGill Library
4595 Albert Street, Burnaby
December 8, 2015-March 7, 2016

Birdsongs have been part of mankind’s history since the beginning of recorded time. In fact, it is thought that birdsong preceded the human invention of language by several millennia. In the wild, birds are often identified by their calls and songs long before they are actually sighted by bird watchers. Songs that are extended and more complex are associated with courtship and mating, while shorter calls tend to serve as alarms or as a way of keeping members of a flock in contact. In this series of prints, artist Diana Kemble has sought to recreate birdsong in pictorial form.  

Diana’s prints depict spectrograms, also known as sonograms, images that depict birdsong as it was represented in the 1970's when these prints were produced. In this series, the birdsongs depicted act as metaphors for human relationships. The resultant mark-making is also a splendid exploration of lithography. Digital recording has altered the way birdsong is now reproduced. Many websites feature the recorded sounds of birds that can be downloaded for bird identification.   

Diana Kemble (1935-2008) was an award-winning printmaker and instructor who is well known for her political engagement in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver. Many of her masterful lithographs comment on human relations. All of the prints shown here are drawn from the Malaspina Printshop Archives of the City of Burnaby Permanent Collection - a gift of Milton and Fei Wong.