week 31: Chris Maynard

The Music


“Wings and Things” © Helen Davey
(for 4 voices, 12 string guitar, lap harp)

The Art

“Choices F”  © Chris Maynard
Red-tailed black cockatoo feathers (female)
18.5 x 22.5 inches
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Chris Maynard, "Choices F". Red-tailed black cockatoo feathers, 18.5 x 22.5 inches

Chris Maynard, “Choices F”. Red-tailed black cockatoo feathers, 18.5 x 22.5 inches


Artist Notes


Chris Maynard

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.

Chris Maynard, "Choices F"(detail). Red-tailed black cockatoo feathers.

Chris Maynard, “Choices F”(detail). Red-tailed black cockatoo feathers. 


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




 My Music

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.

6 comments to week 31: Chris Maynard

  • It is wonderful what you are doing.

    I like making connections between disciplines like science and art–you are making one between the senses.

    • Chris thanks indeed. I think of all of the artists I’ve sound-painted to in my project 52, you are the most prolific (at least from those websites I’ve viewed to date).
      And here’s the thing: I could have musicked to SCORES of your artworks.

  • I’m a huge sucker for acoustic guitar, so very biased. Maybe my fave so far, Helen. The feathers are exquisite, such sensitive craftsmanship and skill. Loving and clever and respectful.

  • Helen

    Bronle, I too am enchanted by Chris’ artworks. Thank you so much for your comments re my music. This one stays with me too (couldn’t get it out of my head on a flight from Zurich to Melbourne…heaven help me!), so it will likely land on a CD of it’s own one day.

  • Thank you Helen, for your glowing description of my work. Please note that the piece, Choices F has been sold. Best, Chris

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