I almost turned away from Georgina’s stand at London Design Fair this year; a shudder of discomfort overcoming me at what I thought were pieces of taxidermy staring back at me.
As an avid animal lover, I’m not much for dead, real animals resurrected in the name of art.
On closer inspection though, the true beauty of her pieces became apparent… along with the fact that none of these bodies ever had a heartbeat.
Georgina’s latest collection, “Bird Brain”, coincides with this years’ London Design Festival.
It encourages viewers to look into how they see themselves and others, toying with the notion that nothing is always as it seems.
Her beautiful bespoke leather pieces are created from wire moulds that are then wrapped and encased in leather, creating striking birds that look very much the real deal.
Birds are “intelligent two legged creatures that sore above us”. The bird’s eye view of the world offered to these creatures symbolises a sense of freedom, Georgina feels.
Why leather? The tactility of leather is something crucial to the artist in all her work. She uses traditional leather working techniques to create rather modern sculptures.
There is something very captivating about her pieces; a real juxtaposition between the delicate detailing and a sense of fragility, vs the modern edginess of monochromatic leather and the majestic stance of these creatures.
Much more beautiful and conscious-friendly than any piece of taxidermy.
Imagery courtesy of Georgina Brett Chinnery