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Peacock feathers

Picture Gallery

Courtesy the Artist and Agnew's Gallery, London

The peacock has a special place in many cultures. In Britain, the peacock can often be seen as an exotic aristocrat, strutting around stately homes in all its outrageous beauty.

By cutting out the "eyes" in the feathers Susie MacMurray nips such decadence in the bud, blinding every feather in a restrained and yet violent action for such a quiet and beautiful work. The work also examines the mechanisms of seduction and the subversion of gender types. What would happen if the male of the species lost his attributes?

Susie MacMurray

Susie MacMurray is a British artist whose work includes drawing, sculpture and architectural installations.  A former classical musician, she retrained as an artist, graduating with an MA in Fine Art in 2001.  She lives in Manchester and has an international exhibition profile, showing regularly in the USA and Europe as well as the UK.  Working in installation and sculpture, she has gained a reputation for poetic site-specific interventions in historic spaces.

Recent projects include a second successful solo show in New York at Danese Corey, a large scale site specific commission in Winchester Great Hall in response to the WW1 centenary, and an exhibition of British and American artists at Winfield House organized by the American State Department.  Upcoming solo exhibitions include the Mall Galleries in February 2017.  Her recent large sculptural works Medusa, Pandora and Host are all currently on loan to museums in New York and Virginia USA.

Susie MacMurray is represented in the UK & Europe by Merville Galleries, and in North and South America by Danese Corey Gallery.