Collections I
Machine embroidery over layered fabrics on felt, applied to hand-painted canvas.

Research for my current work led me to museum collections containing a wide variety of preserved bird specimens. They have a quiet beauty, lying in their dusty drawers. They bring to mind the hunter's trophy, arranged in life-like splendor by a skilled taxidermist. John James Audubon's legendary works were painted from carefully arranged bird skins which he and others collected. Their poses were sometimes grotesque, for he might never have seen the bird alive. These things lent new meaning to the words still life, which I have tried to capture.

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Photo courtesy of Gail Harker