Emily Valentine Bullock, Artist

This is one of the sculptures in our collection. It was made in Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 2010.
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About the Work
"Emily is a quirky artist who I met in 2010 when she was the Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence. Emily creates her fabulous artworks with bird feathers, and told me she has a freezer full of dead birds, many being road-kill collected by friends. I couldn’t wait to take Mum and Dad to the Sarjeant to see the magnificent Pheasbin, and being tactile people, we just had to pat it (sorry!!).”

Marion Gibbard for My Choice online exhibition, August 2020.

Pheasbin is Valentine’s largest work to date. This beautiful mongrel came about after Valentine spied the receptacles for collecting ‘doggie waste’ dotted around the city. After contacting the Wanganui District Council to see if they had any they no longer required, she returned to the cottage one day to find a shiny black plastic dog in the back garden, and this was cooked up in Valentine’s studio as the genetically modified Pheasbin. "Feathers are my paint. Over the last twelve years I have developed my own technique and style using feathers" Emily Valentine Bullock.
Greg Donson exhibition label for " Fancy Feather" 27 November - 20 March, 2011.
800 x 480 x 580mm
plastic, pheasant feathers and wellbond glue
Large plastic seated dog entirely covered with bird feathers and with extended wings.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Tylee Residency exchange, 2010.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Mar 2011



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