“Wings and Things” © Helen Davey
(for 4 voices, 12 string guitar, lap harp)
“Choices F” © Chris Maynard
Red-tailed black cockatoo feathers (female)
18.5 x 22.5 inches
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Chris Maynard’s feather designs capture essences of birds in Featherfolio’s new, creative feather art form. Each feather design is placed in a shadowbox and uses feathers naturally shed from birds. Feathers provided by zoos and aviaries are carefully cut, positioned, and preserved in each piece.
This poem inspired the piece “Choices F”:
Shall I go or shall I stay
The door is open, fly away?
But it’s safe, my food is here
Choices are not always clear
I find Chris’ intricate artwork breathtaking. Literally. Seeing this piece had me captivated, particularly as cockatoos are close to my heart (and several species are regular feeders on our property in S.E. Australia).
Chris’ poem prompted me to make an instrumental piece for 12 string guitar (open tuning), lap-harp and x3 vocals (wordless); but the more I worked on it, the more it didn’t feel finished. Responding to his poem, his art and my own ponderings on the themes he raises, I jotted some thoughts and recorded an impromtu vocal line with a text – you can read the lyric here
I’m interested to know what you hear/see in these artworks and welcome hearing from you via the comments section below; please feel free to share this around to anyone interested in art & music via the little icons below.
Thanks for flying by.