FLOWERS, FEATHERS & FINGS
JACQUELINE IMMENS- McCOY
JULY 30 - AUG 8.  2021
 

Animals have always been part of art; birds specifically, have always represented a particular image of beauty.

Pablo Picasso had a collection of animal paintings and the Rooster was a regular subject.  Apparently, when he was asked why he painted chickens and roosters in particularly, he replied, “there have always been cocks, but like everything else in life, we must discover them”. 

Itō Jakuchū  was a Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period when Japan had closed its doors to the outside world. Many of his paintings concern traditionally Japanese subjects, particularly chickens and other birds.

During his Iitsu period, Hokusai often featured flowers and birds in the prints he produced for fans.

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In this exhibition at ASW , Jacqeline Immens McCoy’s subjects range from  chickens, native Australian birds, to flowers. These themes have provided McCoy with both joy and an element of escape.  “The last 12 months has been a time of personal heartbreak and grief so picking up tools to create a work that's decanted from my environment has allowed me to lose myself in the process.“ 

The exhibition also incorporates Immens-McCoy’s handbuilt ceramics; she muses “ Handbuilding has always appealed to me. Using my hands and other tools to create a ceramic sculpture, organic vase or a screen print. The development bit-by-bit is at the heart of making for me.”

 

The exhibition Feathers, Flowers & Fings is Immmens – McCoy’s first solo show at ASW gallery and is on display from July 30 – August 8  2021.

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