Artwork of the Week: January 4

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Petah Coyne (American, born 1953), Untitled #1176 (Elisabeth–Elizabeth), taxidermy birds, chandelier, candles, silk flowers, chandelier wax, black spray paint, pearl-headed hat pins, black wire, quick-link shackles, cable, cable nuts, chain, silk/rayon velvet, felt, thread, Velcro, 2007–10. Wolfe Gallery

New for the New Year, see this striking installation in the newly installed Wolfe Gallery of Contemporary Art. Victorian in its sensibility, Petah Coyne’s elaborate hanging sculpture uses a chandelier as its core, encased in violet silk flowers dipped in black wax. Studded throughout are brightly hued taxidermy Golden and Lady Amherst pheasants. Dusky candles emerge at various points. For Coyne, this work references her parents’ long marriage and speaks to the intimate ups and downs of any long-term relationship. “The birds are intertwined but in motion, as one being. It’s about intense companionship through love, loss, triumph, and tragedy.”

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