Sunday, December 12, 2010


Australian Emily Valentine Bullock sculpts, primarily using feathers, which she collects from birds killed by cars and cats, and from people's dead pets. More recently, she bought a trapping and killing machine to collect feathers from Australia's registered pest, the Indian Mynah. She plans to venture to Ada, Oklahoma, US to reap the bounty of feathered friends in the university's industrial design outdoor studio. From these oddly sourced materials, she creates very odd, but rather beautiful sculptures. Most of these are strange hybrid creatures—dogs with wings and bird-headed dolls. She also makes beaded and feathered brooches and bangles which can be purchased directly from her studio.

What I love most about Bullock's works is the way she juxtaposes the morbid with the appealing. Her hybrids are like taxidermied critters from a fantasy land, offsetting any ghoulishness with her use of color and the fact that the sculptures are just so damn cute.

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