Emily Valentine: Statement
Feathers are my paint. Over the last twelve years I have developed my own technique and style using feathers.
I create mythical beasts - winged dogs and lizards, and now aeroplanes. The planes moves the work in a new direction - combining the man-made form with the bird. Planes are colonising the skies. Birds no longer dominate our view of the heavens.
In my work I wish to discuss how attitudes to wearing birds parts have changed. Is this just because of fashion, or has society become more caring of animals? I wish to stimulate the viewer with the uncomfortable nature of the feather, 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.