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 Australiaâ€™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.