Kris Heath

Kris cuts into recycled paper and bird feathers using scalpels and a laser cutter. The feathers are often sourced from local birds – pigeons, jays, pheasants, jackdaws and gulls, but can include more exotic varieties. He creates abstract patterns and bird silhouettes using a graphics tablet, then prepares the shapes for laser cutting. Each feather is selected based on size, shape and colour, and is then sterilised and prepared for cutting.

His works are mounted onto driftwood and marine plywood using panel pins – the industrial materials at odds with the delicate forms that float above their surface. The finished pieces often suggest a scientific specimen cabinet, but also explore themes of liberation and freedom.

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