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New Book by Chris Maynard Explores the Symbolism and Art of Sculpting with Feathers

December 15, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

Delicately wielding a scalpel, Chris Maynard (previously here and here) slices into feathers to create images of the very creatures that shed them, reproducing birds of flight within his tiny found canvases. Not only is Maynard concerned about the material aesthetically, but is also interested in how humans have treasured feathers and their meaning for thousands of years. Often Maynard places the positive cut-out next to its negative shape,…

 

 



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Feathers, Form and Function: New Cut Feather Artwork by Chris Maynard

December 4, 2014

Johnny Strategy

Using a small scalpel as his primary tool, artist Chris Maynard (previously) carves artwork out of feathers giving them new life on a canvas. “Each feather, though dead and discarded, keeps something of the bird’s essence,” Maynard tells us. Indeed, the colorful and sometimes humorous creations highlight the feather’s beauty but also encourages us to ponder the life of its previous owner. “Since I work mostly with shed feathers, some of the…

 

 



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Exquisite New Cut Feather Shadowbox Artworks by Chris Maynard

December 14, 2016

Christopher Jobson

We’ve long been fans of Olympia, Washington-based artist Chris Maynard (previously) who assembles shadowboxes of cut feathers depicting the silhouettes of birds as they sing, perch, and swoop across the canvas. With a background in both biology and ecology the artist recalls working with feathers as early as the age of 12, utilizing heirloom forceps, eye surgery scissors, and magnifying glasses passed down through his family. Maynard

 

 



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Cut Feather Shadowboxes by Chris Maynard

October 25, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Using feathers acquired from zoos and private aviaries, artist Chris Maynard creates delicately constructed shadowboxes that play with aspects of light and negative space. The artist admits to being “feather obsessed” and is fascinated not only with birds and flight, but with the color and texture of their plumage which he explores through his small dioramas. You can see much more on his website and Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa…

 

 

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