Kate Jones - Ornithology
Kate Jones is a local Sydney emerging artist with a strong representation in significant finalist award competitions including the City of Albany Art Prize, WA, and the Mosman Art Prize, Sydney.
The paintings in Ornithology are directly inspired by my work with taxidermy bird specimens at the Australian Museum. As a conservator, I focus on the scientific and ethical preservation of the museum’s natural science and cultural collections.
Repairing specimens and painstakingly cleaning feathers, I closely examine each bird and visually absorb intricate details of their composition and structure. Contemplating the inherent energy and character of each specimen was integral preparation for these detailed portraits of both taxidermy specimens and living birds.
The series includes portraits of Dr Walter Boles, the ornithologist who managed the bird collection at the museum for many decades.
October 31 to November 22, Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm
165 Salisbury Road, Corner St Marys and Probert Streets, Camperdown NSW 2050