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Melissa Reidy

Birds of Prey

19 July – 19 August 2011

Birds of Prey is a collection of hybrid birds presented in 19 different handmade antique books. Each hybrid creature has been born out of a bird and it’s prey, exploring what happens when two enemies become the same creature. Each creature is displayed on the page of a handmade book, 19 of which will fill the cabinets of Mailbox 141. The series of books will create the feel of looking at an ornithologist’s library and is partly inspired by Neville W Cayley’s, ‘What Bird Is That?’

Melissa Reidy is a Melbourne based artist who works with HB pencils on paper. She has a fascination for creating hybrid creatures in her drawings, taking two or three seperate species and fusing them into one strange creature. Her drawings also feature men’s suits, people in improbable situations and a lot of feathers. Her work has appeared in the Tango comics anthology and her first solo exhibition was held at NineOnSeven in November 2010.