avian architecture and bird hairdos by karley feaver avian architecture and bird hairdos by karley feaver
nov 28, 2013

avian architecture and bird hairdos by karley feaver

avian architecture and bird hairdos by karley feaver
halcyon smyrnensis bunbundo, 2013
mixed media; taxidermy white-throated kingfisher, synthetic hair, stripped coque rooster feathers, 24k gold leaf, wood, lacquer paint

 

 

 

using mixed materials like plumage, hair, gold, and paint, new zealand artist karley feaver creates exotic creatures and nests with a strangely familiar and surreal aesthetic. transforming found birds — all of which are ethically sourced and have died of natural causes — from stagnant figures to sculptural objects, the reconfigured animals are fitted with extravagant hairdos. ponytails, mohawks, dreadlocks, and braids are styled onto the colorful fowl, some with shining gold-painted beaks, granting each a personality, identity, and singular charm. habitats fashioned from both human and synthetic hair weave new interpretations of traditional nestings, modeling a novel type of avian architecture. ‘I am interested in the scientific, intellectual and aesthetic reasons behind the re-creation of the animal,’ feaver explains. ‘I am exploring how each one could exist in a domestic setting by adapting to their surroundings.’

 

 


nuptial plumage of lanius schach bundoplait, 2013
photography; photograph on ilford galerie fibre gold paper
920 x 670mm framed. includes a 60mm border around the photograph
edition of 6 prints only | no artist proofs | signed on back | available framed or unframed

 

 


turdus merula bundus, 2013
mixed media; taxidermy common blackbird, synthetic hair, stripped coque rooster feathers, 24k gold leaf, wood, lacquer paint

 

 


oriolus kundoo mohawkus, 2013
mixed media; taxidermy indian golden oriole, rooster feathers, grizzly rooster feathers, human hair, 24k gold leaf, wood, lacquer paint

 

 


oriolus kundoo plaitiolus, 2013
mixed media; taxidermy indian golden oriole, human hair, grizzly rooster feathers, acrylic paint, 24k gold leaf, wood, lacquer paint

 

 


lanius schach divasius, 2013
mixed media; taxidermy long-tailed shrike, rooster feathers, human hair, 24k gold leaf, wood, lacquer paint

 

 


ardeola bacchus speciosa, 2013
mixed media; taxidermy pond heron, dyed spey rooster cape, grizzly rooster feathers, 24k gold leaf, wood, lacquer paint

 

 


cyanopica cyanus henatia, 2013
mixed media; taxidermy azure-winged magpie, dyed hen feathers, grizzly rooster feathers, stripped coque rooster feathers, 24k gold leaf, wood, lacquer paint

 


avian architecture 10, 2013
mixed media; synthetic hair, polyester, laser cut metal


avian architecture 4, 2013
mixed media; synthetic hair, polyester, rooster feathers


avian architecture 7, 2013
mixed media; synthetic hair, polyester, peacock feathers

  • How marvelous!

    Alexander Kandisaputro says:
  • i don’t understand art these days.

    deadmagpie says:
  • This is not art. It is down right silly. Birds don’t attend a disco or follow a trend. For every visual display in nature there is a reason. The creator of this nonsense should leave nature as it is and better buy a Barby doll in a toy shop if she likes to dress up figurines.

    Airborne says:
  • I think one of the main purposes of art is to get people thinking AND talking … about the art, that is, and this serves that purpose. Whether, or not, you like the images is not necessarily the most important point, it is important to look … to think … to study the image and form an opinion of what you like and don’t like and to talk about your opinions with others, whether they be like-minded, or not. Personally, I LOVE the images (and I LOVE birds) … fun, interesting, different, just FABULOUS!! And I have to say that I especially LOVE the nests … they are simply WONDERFUL!!

    Lillian says:

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