Emily Valentine, Dalatoo, Sculpture

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Emily Valentine, Dalatoo, Sculpture
  • polyurethane and feathers
  • Artist's Valuation $1800-$2500
  • Artist's statements: Feathers are my paint. Over the last fifteen years I have developed my own technique and style using feathers. The source of the feathers is vital to my work. In 1999 I made Road Kill, a pair of shoes using feathers from a road kill lorikeet and this lead to my continuing use of this source whenever I can.
    My work shows sympathy with the bird as previous life and creates a new life form. The Dog Flu series (winged birdie dogs and now cats) has been well received and continue to make new work in this series. I am now enjoying making feathered aeroplanes. With this work, I wish to discuss how we as humans now colonise the skies. In 2014, at WOW,  I won The Work with the most WOW Factor with my work Sulphur Created Frockatoo (a cocktail dress and hat made from cockatoo feathers and taxidermied cockatoo heads).
  • In 2018 the Inner West Council funded me to produce a billboard size image using photo collage of people and demolition of buildings.
  • At my recent solo show at Janet Clayton Gallery in Paddington NSW, I will be revisiting my Barbie doll work of 2009, MynaH MessiaH held at the Tin Sheds Galley University of Sydney, http://emilyvalentine.com.au/gallery_2009.html
  • Attitudes to wearing and owning dead animals and birds parts have changed. Is this just because of fashion, or has society become more caring of animals? I think not. I wish to stimulate the viewer, and ask them to question our callousness treatment of animals and birds, and ask how we sub-consciously classify animals - pet or pest, valued or worthless, beautiful or plain and why.
    My work is direct, humorous and meticulous. Children are fascinated by it. Viewers respond passionately to the pieces.

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Item Location:  -  7 WILUNA ST FYSHWICK ACT 2609

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