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Phillipa Cosgrove Birds of a feather

Work by Phillipa Cosgrove

The intention of this artwork is to make its audience think subjectively and structurally about the idea of the ‘family tree’ and the audience’s place within their own family. Parts of the artwork have been created subjectively by drawing on the history of my family and incorporating old wedding photos from our family albums. The tree has been built with the intention for it to look constructed, like an Ikea slot-together table. By building the tree and cage in this manner, it presents the idea that families do not grow naturally, but are constructed and produced. The birds flying from the cage represents my current position within my family.

School

Bishop Druitt College

ARTEXPRESS year

2007

HSC year

2006