They are perplexing and fascinating, beautiful and outrageous. Emily Valentine uses roadkill, dead pets and feathers from a pest bird, the Indian Mynah Bird, to mythological creatures, hybrid animals or chimeras, that I only wish exist. Though flying dogs would probably be a nightmarish reality.
She says, "In my work I wish to discuss how attitudes to wearing animals and 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."
click the pic for her website.