Over the last two years I have been working on images concerning birds. I did not set out to create a body of work as such but it seems that from one piece, others grew. It began while I was making what I have called ‘Spanish Lace’ that is black lace and much of it had a link to mourning. The birds were used as an iconographical motif - the flight of the soul. I see so many birds that are black or black with white– around the garden, in the suburbs or out on walks. Crows, currawongs, magpies, blackbirds and swans have made their way into my work.
I often used an handkerchief format for may of these pieces. This makes reference to the use of lace - for pure decoration and without utility. The size of the square of linen is relatively small.
In 2017 I began work on a large pelican, more white with black. The carcass of the bird was found on the beach we frequent. It had begun to decay and merge with the sand. Over a long weekend I documented the body as it shifted with the tide. The fragility is expressed in the use of lace-like structures of machine embroidery, using soluble fabric as a base. I introduced some of the seagulls that were hanging around. The work is titled 'Found Objects' and refers to the plastics that are killing wildlife. It was selected for the Empire Global Art Award in Canberra in August 2017.