The Avian Knot

My series 'The Avian Knot' will be exhibited and available for purchase at the London College of Communication from the 16th to the 20th of November.    

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The Avian Knot

Chloe’s work examines the duality of our relationship with nature, in particular birds.  Using elements of both contemporary taxidermy and Ikebana (Japanese floristry), birds are suspended in ropes, with flowers delicately woven through. 

The allure of the domesticated and captive animal is that there is beauty to be found in its artificial environment, if you choose not to look too closely.  The birds shown are all in an intermediate stage of taxidermy; they hang in the balance of not quite being one thing or another.  Stunted in their movement they are like material, which can be pushed and pulled at will.  The questions raised in this series ask the viewer to think critically about the authenticity of the relationships they have with animals.   

The body of work shown in this exhibition is a trio of birds - two pigeons and a rosella parrot.  The pairing of these birds aims to highlight their unique beauty in a way that elevates both species to the same aesthetic gaze.  Where pigeons are often considered vermin, the rosella parrot is exoticised, and yet they are both simply birds. 

 

The Avian Knot

Size: 40” by 30’

3 C-type Matt Prints

Mounted on Aluminium

 

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