Emily Valentine Bullock: upcoming artist-in-residence

Emily Valentine Bullock is a Sydney based artist, she studied jewelry and object design at Sydney College of the Arts. She has exhibited extensively around Australia and New Zealand as well as in touring group exhibitions overseas. Her work has been collected by the National Library of Australia; Northern Territory Art Gallery; World-of-wearable-art Museum, Nelson NZ; Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui NZ;  and various private collections. 

Emily Valentine Bullock, Kitty Keet, 2011,
feathers and mixed media

Feathers are my paint. Over the last twelve years I have developed my own technique and style using feathers. The source of the feathers is vital to my work and utilises what is available locally. My work shows sympathy with the bird’s previous life and creates a new life form. My ‘Dog Flu’ series continues to develop and I am also making feathered aeroplanes exploring how humans now colonise the skies. 

Emily Valentine Bullock, Pupella i & ii, 2010,
feathers and mixed media

Attitudes to wearing and owning 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 callous treatment of animals and birds, and ask how we sub-consciously classify animals – pet or pest, valued or worthless, beautiful or plain - and why.

For more information and images of Emily Valentine Bullock's artwork please visit www.emilyvalentine.com.au

Emily Valentine Bullock, Kingfisher Squadron, 2010,
feathers and mixed media, 13x13x5cm each