Dr. Beak

Artists:

Eric Schiele

Destiny Augustine

Robert Abdallah

What more appropriate a symbol for recent times than that of the infamous plague doctor? Clad in black featuring the iconic beak, the outfit reflects our personal responsibility to each other. Their notorious reputation, on the other hand, perhaps calls to mind the failures in our nation’s own response to the current epidemic. Regardless, this dark visage stands as a reminder, just as it did in ages past. The plague is here, indifferent to us or anything we may believe.

Eric Schiele is an Austin area multimedia fabricator, designer, and installation artist who likes to build things.

Destiny Augustine is an Austin-based do-it-all-artist and fabricator with a very diverse skill set and passion for creative ideation and planning, process creation, testing, constant skill building, and above all, competency. She loves learning new materials and finding unexpected uses for them. She has spent her entire life building a skill set that utilizes incredibly steady hands, spatial awareness, and hand eye coordination in combination with a love and appreciation of many aesthetics. That combined with her tiny stature means she excels at doing finicky things in small spaces. Her current creative goal is creating a set of ongoing narratives and themes that run through a series of installations, using unifying materials, color palettes, recurring shapes, and ideas in order to create a recognizable “brand.” She works with a very broad range of materials, and from an incredibly diverse set of inspirations including many scientific interests, weird natural phenomenon and critters, fantasy and sci-fi, and the quirks of the many human beings she is lucky enough to know. Her current work includes fabricating large commercial pieces, playing with large tesla coils, and exploring the social and environmental impact of dolls–and all the things she can say by gluing them together.