The Brds of New Guinea and the Adjacent Papuan Islands
by JOHN GOULD
The Birds of New Guinea and the Adjacent Papuan Islands, Gould’s last great work. With only about 250 sets made it is amongst the rarest of all Gould’s works and was completed after his death by Richard Bowdler Sharpe,
Birds Painted on Pharmaceutical Packaging by Sara Landeta
Madrid-based artist Sara Landeta is using an unexpected canvas for her paintings… unfolded pharmaceutical boxes!
Titled Medicine as Metaphor (referring to Susan Sontag’s ‘illness as metaphor’ writings), Landeta paints the animal often associated with freedom — the bird — onto these boxes, creatively drawing parallels to medicines holding patients in captivity.
“This juxtaposition of the natural and synthetic interprets the patient as a captive animal, and the bird as its metaphor,” explains Landeta. See her works up close here.