Birds of a Feather

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FINE ART

 
PARAKEET NO. 7034

PARAKEET NO. 7034

PARAKEET NO. 7024

PARAKEET NO. 7024

MEYERS PARROT NO. 7367

MEYERS PARROT NO. 7367

PARAKEET NO. 6977

PARAKEET NO. 6977

TOUCAN NO. 7975

TOUCAN NO. 7975

ROSY-FACED LOVEBIRD NO. 7548

ROSY-FACED LOVEBIRD NO. 7548

PARAKEET NO. 0970

PARAKEET NO. 0970

TOUCAN NO. 7981

TOUCAN NO. 7981

RED-BELLIED PARROT NO. 7799

RED-BELLIED PARROT NO. 7799

WALLPAPER NO. 7478

WALLPAPER NO. 7478

AMAZON PARROT NO. 7613

AMAZON PARROT NO. 7613

CANARY WING BEE BEE NO. 7746

CANARY WING BEE BEE NO. 7746

PARAKEET NO. 7078

PARAKEET NO. 7078

BLUE & GOLD MACAW NO, 7406

BLUE & GOLD MACAW NO, 7406

HYACINTH MACAW NO. 7677

HYACINTH MACAW NO. 7677

YELLOW ORIOLE NO. 3066

YELLOW ORIOLE NO. 3066

BLUE & GOLD MACAW NO. 7429

BLUE & GOLD MACAW NO. 7429

RED & GREEN MACAW NO. 7301

RED & GREEN MACAW NO. 7301

DUSKY PIONUS NO. 7720

DUSKY PIONUS NO. 7720

RAINBOW LAURIE NO. 7859

RAINBOW LAURIE NO. 7859

PEACH-FACED LOVEBIRD NO. 7523 (DIPTYCH)

ROSE BREASTED COCKATOO NO. 7461

ROSE BREASTED COCKATOO NO. 7461

MOLUCCAN COCKATOO NO. 7696

MOLUCCAN COCKATOO NO. 7696

BLUE-EYED TRITON COCKATOO NO. 7212

BLUE-EYED TRITON COCKATOO NO. 7212

LUTINO COCKATIEL NO. 7874

LUTINO COCKATIEL NO. 7874

WHITE FACED HURLED COCKATIEL NO. 7866

WHITE FACED HURLED COCKATIEL NO. 7866

PARAKEET NO. 7042

PARAKEET NO. 7042

GRAY COCKATIEL NO. 7905

GRAY COCKATIEL NO. 7905

ARTIST STATEMENT

Humankind has always had a complicated relationship with nature, characterized by awe and admiration, tension and destruction. The human desire to be surrounded by images of nature has been replicated in household ornamentation throughout civilizations. The walls of the imperial villas of Ancient Rome were adorned with frescoes detailing rich flora and fauna. During the Renaissance, Rafael reinvented this ancient style through his grotesques, which depict birds, fruits, and plant life. Carefully crafted representations of the natural world were re- imagined yet again in 19th century Britain when William Morris began producing richly ornamented wallpaper featuring wild birds and vegetation.

Birds of a Feather offers a new perspective on this tradition with portraits of live birds - from the common Parakeet to the exotic Hyacinth Macaw to the stoic Gyrfalcon - photographed against complementary historical and reproduction wallpaper and fabric from the Victorian Era. As the cult of colonization and exploration spread during the Victorian Era in Europe, it yielded brutal discovery and domination of faraway places, creatures and cultures. As these discoveries made their way back to Europe, aviary collection and display as well as a general fascination with the natural world and its exotic inhabitants rose in fashion. This series references that desire to possess the beautiful, wild and exotic, a possession that permanently changes the object of desire through its dislocation. The backgrounds in this series are selected to induce beauty, optical illusion and visual blending, the birds appear to belong when in reality it is a far cry from their natural environment. The birds mirror the careful, self-conscious poses of humans in an unexpected way. Posed, the birds anthropomorphize as we attribute human emotion and intent to their expressions.

A small donation from the artists profits will be made to an avian conservation or rescue charity.

 
 
 

 

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