An original art piece by Wendy Passmore-Godfrey: Keeping to the convention of musical notation for my birds who are perched on piano keys, this one is named Fermata Bird. This instruction requires musicians to elongate the chord or rest beyond the indicated time value of the music. So, this bird despite its somewhat perky appearance is actually a bit lazy, rebelling against following the rules.
Website: Wendy Passmore Godfrey
Mixed Media – Sculpture
Dimensions: 9”H x 9”W x 7”D inches//22H x 22W x 18D cm
Paper construction and mache, wood, wire, feathers, ephemera
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Ephemeral Paper Metaphors
Crafting stories through visual means is an ancient art and something that my sculptures strive to do. The bird related metaphorical pieces call out to the imagination and beg a personal response. Ripe for interpretation, they seek to connect a deeper self with a kind of storytelling that goes beyond words.
Happening on large box of piano key hammers has set me to creating a series of bird sculptures. Each bird is an individual and drawing on my experience as a puppet theatre artist they all have personalities. I see them as ‘static puppets’, frozen in action, but at any moment they could become animate and sing or at least have something to say.
Using hanji, itajami-shibori and other types of paper to create these birds gives them an Icarus-like vulnerability that reminds the viewer of the fragility of life, and the endangered status of many bird species.