Lorra Lee Rose has been creating artwork with feathers – “preserving the essence of birds” – since 1986.
A self-taught artist, she originally began making masks because of a love of costumes and disguise, working with feathers from a fascination with their radiant colors and patterns. Over years of continuous development, she has refined an intuitive process that brings an animated, alive quality to each unique piece.
The feathers that form the basis of her work come mostly from moltings, gathered from from aviaries and pet owners, and can take years to collect enough for large masks or human figures.
Inspired by tribal art, old movies, belle epoque costumes – and especially by her deep experience of the materials themselves – Lorra Lee develops complex patterns that feature vivid color, contrast, movement and symmetry.
The resulting works are exquisite creations that will delight anyone fortunate enough to witness them in person.
Pair Made in Heaven : 19 x 18 x 8 : male eclectus
Three Faces of Eve : 24 x 27 x 5 : cut peacock eyes, plumage, herl, macaw, amazon and parakeet
Untitled : 50 x 47 x 10
macaw tails, ring neck, gray peacock, impeyan, amherst and golden pheasant, peacock swords, amazon, African porcupine quills, saddle hackle
Pair Made in Heaven : 18 x 19 x 8 : female eclectus