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Feather Child 1

Lucy Glendinning's avatar Lucy Glendinning

In works of art, hybrid figures combine features of various living creatures. Frequently, they help us visualize and communicate a new idea or concept in a unique form. Such is the intention of British sculptor Lucy Glendinning. Here, she has utilized the petite form of a small child innocently curled at rest, but delicately covers the body's surface with feathers rather than with flesh. The artist explores ideas in her work, commenting: "The Feather Child series originated from a fascination with visions of a future society. Embodying questions, in a world where our genetics could be freely manipulated, will we be able to resist altering our physical abilities? Will necessity or vanity be the ruling power? Will we act collectively or as individuals? The fragility of the feathers is simultaneously mirroring the perhaps most classic tale of human hubris: the fate of Icarus in Greek mythology." Although one might respond to the delicacy of the human form and intriguing use of materials, the sculpture allows the artist the opportunity to discuss questions that are important to her. Glendinning works in a series developed around ideas which start as poems. Her thoughts are usually derived from medical information, psychological studies and a fascination with future society explored through different mediums and a classically sculptural approach—the figure as object.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
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  • Medium: mixed media
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  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 30 inches