This photograph is part of an ongoing series “Birds of a Feather” by an American photographer Claire Rosen.
It represents a fascination with the natural world and far-off, “exotic” places that came into vogue in Europe during the 19th century. This fascination however was not unique to recent centuries. In Ancient Rome the walls of imperial villas were adorned with frescos detailing rich flora and fauna. During the Renaissance, Rafael reinvented this ancient style through his grotesques, which depicted 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.
Claire Rosen breathes new life into this tradition, ushering it into the 21st century through her portraits of live birds photographed against complementary vintage and historical reproduction wallpaper. Her unique subjects – from the common Parakeet to the exotic Hyacinth Macaw – mirror the self-conscious poses of humans in comical and unexpected ways while creating striking optical illusions and visual blending.
Each print is signed and numbered by the artist. It is a limited edition archival print on Hahnemuelhe fine art paper.
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