Bird Poetry

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A series of works in the project ‘Bird Poetry’ beginning with the artwork Bird Poetry: On Elegaic Wings explored techniques and processes in the creation of the fragile and ethereal that symbolised the ‘stilled moment’. The challenge was to create a substrate that appeared delicate but also substantial enough to last within the setting of the exhibition installation. Using what had been learnt in experimentation with technique from the use of Konnyaku (devil’s root) starch previously used to toughen and make paper more durable the same process was used on other materials including hair extensions and soil. Both of these created surfaces were unstable but also heavier than the ethereality that was aimed for. Silk shantung yarn was selected for its delicacy and this was used in a similar manner as previous with the Japanese Kozo and Gampi paper works. The artwork Physalis speaks with the Queen of Winter was selected to be shown in the 7th International Juried Exhibition ‘Wearable Expressions’ from February 10 – April 16, 2017 held at Palos Verdes Arts Center Los Angeles California. The work was selected by the international jury of Beatrijs Sterk, (Germany), Jo Ann Stabb, (University of California, Davis, USA) and Joris Debo, (Belgium) and featured the work of artists from 29 countries across the world. The artwork Bird Poetry: On Elegaic Wings (2018 version) (fig. 7) in a reprinted and reworked iteration was selected for the 10th ‘From Lausanne to Beijing’ International Fiber Art Biennale Exhibition and Symposium hosted by the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University held in Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing, China, from October 15th to November 15th, 2018. It was one of 77 artworks by international artists selected from 321 works from 43 countries by the committee of international judges and consultants and has subsequently been shown in solo exhibitions in 2019 in Lithuania and Ukraine.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2017
EventWEARABLE EXPRESSIONS 7th International Juried Exhibition - Palos Verdes Arts Center Los Angeles , California, United States
Duration: 10 Apr 201716 Apr 2017


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