With vintage maps and aged atlases as her guides, London-based artist Claire Brewster crafts airy and ethereal avian cut-outs. Her colorful collection of paper birds play with negative space and silhouettes to illustrate the elegant aesthetic of birds in flight.
Each figure features intricately carved feathers that appear to delicately flutter. With extended wings and alternating positions, the birds demonstrate the unique gestures of flying birds. To imply movement, Brewster displays her cut-outs by either tacking them directly on the wall or placing them in box frames. With their dainty wings and ornate incisions, the birds cast beautiful shadows behind them, hinting at three-dimensionality and making them look as if they are in motion. Brewster’s fascination with movement is also apparent in her use of maps and atlases, which represents the birds’ ability to “transcend borders and pass freely between countries.”
All images via Claire Brewster.