Clair Gallagher

Hold On To The Light, For Its Space Tastes Sweet

Ink and acrylic paint on modelling clay and polymer clay with bird feathers, sugar, crab shells, inkjet transfer paper and electronic components, mounted on cotton.

IMG_5145Having been diagnosed with a genetic heart disease, I have had to come to terms with the condition and its impacts on my physical and mental wellbeing. This piece is reflective of a recurring dream during this time of acute illness and personal crisis, in which a man releases a tropical bird into the sky, having nursed it by feeding it sugar. Sick, fatigued and weak, the bird plummets back down to the ground. Its eye still emits a light and its beak is still strong enough to battle against a raid on its body”

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