Washington-based artist Chris Maynard carves feathers into amazing art, using molted feathers that are all legal to have and sell in the United States. He creates his intricate art with tiny eye surgery scissors, forceps, scalpels and magnifiers. The artist has a background in biology and ecology and is a long-time member of the Audubon often contributing his art to conservation causes both local, national and international. To gain an insight into the artist we garnered a few quotes from his blog:
“An artist’s job is to create bridges between how the world actually is and how we experience it. An artist help us to see and experience the world from a different angle—whether it is emotional, conceptual, or just seeing things differently from how our brains are used to—like M.C. Escher does so well. It helps us not get too stuck in one way of seeing things. It allows us to be more flexible and adaptable.”
“Feathers are perfect by themselves so why make art with them? I do it to add meaning: to direct the viewer to ideas they can relate to. Giving meaning abstracts from the thing viewed. The meaning is not the actual object seen. It involves assumptions which can be wrong.”
“Many people say my art is completely original but it is not. I mean I developed a technique using technologies already created, I use common accepted design practices, and I am influenced by other artist.”
Images: Courtesy of Chris Maynard.