Birds of a Feather

Humankind has always had a complicated relationship with nature, characterized by awe and admiration, tension and destruction. The human desire to be surrounded by images of nature has been replicated in household ornamentation throughout civilizations. The walls of the imperial villas of Ancient Rome were adorned with frescoes detailing rich flora and fauna. During the Renaissance, Rafael reinvented this ancient style through his grotesques, which depict birds, fruits, and plant life. Carefully crafted representations of the natural world were re- imagined yet again in 19th century Britain when William Morris began producing richly ornamented wallpaper featuring wild birds and vegetation.

Birds of a Feather offers a new perspective on this tradition with portraits of live birds - from the common Parakeet to the exotic Hyacinth Macaw to the stoic Gyrfalcon - photographed against complementary historical and reproduction wallpaper and fabric from the Victorian Era. As the cult of colonization and exploration spread during the Victorian Era in Europe, it yielded brutal discovery and domination of faraway places, creatures and cultures. As these discoveries made their way back to Europe, aviary collection and display as well as a general fascination with the natural world and its exotic inhabitants rose in fashion. This series references that desire to possess the beautiful, wild and exotic, a possession that permanently changes the object of desire through its dislocation. The backgrounds in this series are selected to induce beauty, optical illusion and visual blending, the birds appear to belong when in reality it is a far cry from their natural environment. The birds mirror the careful, self-conscious poses of humans in an unexpected way. Posed, the birds anthropomorphize as we attribute human emotion and intent to their expressions.

Parakeet No. 7034
Parakeet No. 7024
Meyers Parrot No. 7367
Red-bellied Parrot No. 7799
Parakeet No. 0970
Canary Wing Bee Bee No. 7746
Peach-Faced Lovebird No. 7523 (diptych)
Yellow Oriole No. 3066
Parakeet No. 7078
Hyacinth Macaw No. 7677
Red and Green Macaw No. 7301
Blue and Gold Macaw No. 7429
Rainbow Laurie No. 7859
Dusky Pionus No. 7720
Keel-Billed Toucan No. 7981
Rosy-faced Lovebird No. 7548
Parakeet No. 6977
Lutino Cockatiel No. 7874
Rose Breasted Cockatoo No. 7461
White Faced Hurled Cockatiel No. 7866
Parakeet No. 7042
Gray Cockatiel No. 7905
Blue-Eyed Triton Cockatoo No. 7212
Moluccan  Cockatoo No. 7696
Wallpaper No. 7478

Birds of Prey

Barn Owl No. 4300
Wood Owl No. 7414
Saker Falcon No. 4335
Gyrfalcon No. 4602
Horned Owl No. 4794
Barn Owl No. 7315
Wood Owl No. 7391
Barn Owl No. 7298
Eagle No. 4820.
Spotted Eagle Owl No. 7507
Gyrfalcon No. 4481
Spotted Eagle Owl  No. 7261

A small donation from each print sale will be made to an avian conservation or rescue charity. To suggest a charity please email studio@claire-rosen.com.

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