Paula McCartney: Bird Watching

March 31-October 8, 2017

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Paula McCartney (American, b. 1971), Aqua Tanager, from the series Bird Watching (detail), 2004, archival pigment print, 19 × 19 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Paula McCartney: Bird Watching features 18 prints from McCartney’s book, a spoof on scientific journals featuring stunning landscape photographs with craft store birds added as props. McCartney, a trained photographer, found it easier to bring her own birds to photo shoots to recreate the exact fantasies she had pictured in her mind, instead of waiting for live birds to perch perfectly for her. Her resulting photographs strike a tension between what is real and what is fabricated, something she ponders frequently through her works. In these prints, McCartney makes no effort to hide the fact that the birds aren’t real. She even adds sarcastic and witty captions for her photos like “both birds elegantly turn their heads toward the camera.” Visit the exhibition and see the beautiful photographs for yourself and see how well McCartney has blended real life and staged photography.

Paula McCartney: Bird Watching Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN