Rachel Glass


Rachel Glass

The Domestic Aviary


In Rachel Glass’ The Domestic Aviary the photographs are a representation of two distinct things. Firstly they document the tradition of owning a pet bird and their integration into life in the home, showcasing the personality and sometimes eccentricity of the owners through the decor and the subtle hints to the importance of the birds in their lives.

Secondly, these photographs overwhelmingly question the ideas of freedom. It is obvious the birds are kept free from their cages, to fly within the looser confines of the home, which acts as a visual metaphor of our own conscious understanding of freedom and its limits and possibilities. Despite this offering of freedom questions arise surrounding these restrictions, leaving us to wonder if the birds should have been left in the wild to live the life they were intended. Yet these birds were born tame, they cannot survive in the wild. They have become members of the family; nurtured and cared for.

‘If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing’.

Coco Chanel





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