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Sculptor Emily Valentine Bullock

by Karen Day
on 13 March 2009

Sydney-based 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. 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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