I am playing on the usual connotations between the cat and the bird with my piece Gobsmacked. The kitten as small as she is, and even while perched in the beak of the crow, still appears powerful, taunting the crow with her ball of ribbon. The association of black crows with death and war is an obvious reflection of its tendency to eat carrion, plenty of which is to be found in the aftermath of battle. Although the crow is associated with doom and destruction and is said to have mythological links to the other world, it can also mean “new life” which is portrayed in the new born kitten.

Taxidermy (crow and kitten, ribbon)



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