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Emily Valentine Bullock - Artist Jeweller

Feathers are my paint. Over the last twelve years I have developed my own technique and style using feathers.

I create mythical beasts - winged dogs and lizards, and now aeroplanes. The planes moves the work in a new direction - combining the man-made form with the bird. Planes are colonising the skies. Birds no longer dominate our view of the heavens.

In my work I wish to discuss how attitudes to wearing birds parts have changed. Is this just because of fashion, or has society become more caring of animals? I wish to stimulate the viewer with the uncomfortable nature of the feather, to question our callousness treatment of animals and birds, and ask how we sub-consciously classify animals – pet or pest, valued or worthless, beautiful or plain and why.

The source of the feathers is vital to the work. In 1999 I made Road Kill, a pair of shoes using feathers from a road kill lorikeet and this lead to my continuing use of this source when ever I can. A driver's right to use the road is a given. Animal and bird kill barely rates a mention. Road kill was the source of Galah Collie 2007 which was acquired by Northern Territory Art Gallery, NT Australia.

I have been trapping the registered pest, the indian mynah bird and using the feathers. With these, I made Mynah Collie 2007, a feathered dog, one of my dog flu series, and it was awarded a merit prize in the Norseweart, the New Zealand Contemporary Art Award. I have been using the mynah birds for my new Squadron Series (groups of small planes for the wall). This series compares the military invasion with the invasion of non-indigenous species.

Dead pets are also a source. The death of my own two budgies inspired me to make Budgerigar Brassiere, which won the Mac’s Bizarre Bra award at the WorldofWearableArt in 2002. This led me on to make work about the breast. Two bras were shown in the JOC (Jewellery Out of Context) exhibition which did a world tour.

Presently, new jewellery work (Deconstructed Budgie 2010) is showing in Excessory a touring exhibition of Australia. A solo exhibition of work I made during my residency Sargeant Gallery, Whanganui New Zealand will open on 27 November 2010.
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THE LATEST » shows, events & projects

Kingfisher Squadron, 2010
© 2009 Emily Valentine Bullock, DOG THE BIRD

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Excessory: Contemporary Australian Jewellery
A Museums & Galleries NSW touring exhibition curated by Sarah Samfld
Get tour info from Museums and Galleries NSW
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Flying Flings
Craft ACT Gallery One: 11 February - 20 March 2010
Visit Craft ACT
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Christmas 2009 4th - 24th December, 2009
Opening 6-8PM Friday 4th December, 2009 at the Kerrie Lowe Gallery, 49-51 King Street, Newtown 2042 . Opening Hours 10am - 5.30pm. Open late night Thursday until 7PM.
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"You Little Beauty" the annual miniature sculpture show at Defiance Gallery, features three of Emily's Dog Flu works. Address: 47 Enmore Rd, Newtown. The show finishes on Saturday 4 December, 2009.
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© 2009 Emily Valentine Bullock, DOG THE BIRD DOG THE BIRD
17 September -14 October 2009
Preview from 6pm, Wednesday 16 September

Location: Masterworks Gallery,
77 Ponsonby Road
Ponsonby
Auckland
New Zealand

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Art Melbourne 2009
Artworks featured in Off The Wall - a selection of emerging artwork from 20 of the best emerging artists, selected from over 200 entries by a panel of leading industry experts. Visit Off The Wall >
Art Melbourne Wed 25 Feb-14 March, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton. visit Art Melbourne >   
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Dog Days Too
Opening on Wed 25 Feb-14 March. A-Space Gallery, 420 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. Phone +61 2 9698 5156     
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© 2008 Emily Valentine Bullock, MynaH MessiaH MynaH MessiaH
30 January - 21 February 2009
Location: Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, Australia
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WHEN her supplies of road kill and dead pets started to dwindle, Emily Valentine Bullock cast about for an alternative source for her artwork. Flocks of noisy, irritating Indian mynas ... view full SMH article >
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image of emily bullock wearing emu feather headband
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