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Feathers of Aotearoa by Rebecca McLeod

Intricate New Zealand native birds painted on feathers creates a journey for the viewer to experience natural Aotearoa. This series shows New Zealand's unique bird-life in their natural habitats, playing with parallels to museum displays by preserving our bird-life behind glass.

Our beautiful native birds wont last forever if we don't take care of them and their environment and these works are a way of showing how precious they are in a different and unique way.

Rebecca Mcleod is a recent Fine Arts graduate from the University of Canterbury and is based in Christchurch, New Zealand. She grew up in Auckland next to a native bush where friendly Piwakawaka, Kereru and Tui were regulars around her home which, as well as her dad being a bird-photographer, is what inspired her love of painting New Zealand birds. She would often find herself studying their mannerisms and different personalities and tries to reflect their character in all of her works.

Using nature and natural resources in her paintings has also been a key part in her works, but it wasn’t until 2017 when she examined a feather she found and wondered if she could paint on it that she took “using nature in her works” to a whole new level. All of the feathers and wood in her works are sourced completely naturally and she hopes that it can take viewers seeing the beauty of New Zealand’s unique birdlife to a whole new level.

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