Flock: Leila Jeffreys
Leila Jeffreys utilises photography and video to create intimate images of birds as a means to highlight their idiosyncratic beauty and their unique relationship to humans and the natural world. Eschewing any outside elements that would distract from her subjects, Jeffreys’ human-sized portraits of native pigeons and doves of New Guinea and Australia, featured in this exhibition, revealing them to be surprisingly diverse, unlike the everyday image we may have of them. The series, titled Ornithurae, allows us to see these busy birds up close and in minute detail, which would otherwise be impossible in real life.
Jeffreys’ three-channel video, Nature Is Not A Place To Visit. It Is Home, was filmed with over 300 budgerigars in her Sydney studio, using the world’s most advanced slow-motion camera. The resulting work is beautifully hypnotic, and offers a rare insight into the movement, character and relationships of native budgies. Depicted in groups as well as singularly, the birds’ personalities and intricate grace are on full display, offering a truly unique portrait of our mesmerising native species.
Leila Jeffreys: Flock comprises works generously donated by the artist to the Western Plains Cultural Centre Collection, through the Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. Curated by Kent Buchanan.