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‘a study of the insignificant’
Sometime ago one of those freak events of nature took place in the front garden, a bird, which had made its nest in a hollow of the dense vines covering the fence had accidentally tangled itself and strangled. It reminded me of a particularly engaging Durer watercolour of a dead bird. This triggered an ongoing project, wherever possible I document all dead birds found within the vicinity of the house or work place.  As the images accumulated I began reworking them, using conscious adaptation of still life conventions. As I was working them into a cohesive body of work and finding their place in my praxis, I revisited Norman Bryson’s ‘Looking at the Overlooked’, in particular his essay on rhopography, where he proposes.

‘While history painting is constructed around narrative, still life is the world minus its narratives or, better, the world minus its capacity for generating narrative interest.’ Norman Bryson ‘Looking at the Overlooked’