A Tale of Romance

  • 2013 / Reclaimed wood, steel, resin / approx 2 x 2 x .5 meters / Studio photographs by Devika Bilimoria

This playful work turns the mimicry of the bird’s mateship dance over to the human visitor. In a world of extreme body imaging it is good to reflect upon the male of the bird kingdom who hold the aesthetic responsibilities… and the extremes they take it to.

The evolution of sexual selection can produce qualities that reduce the ability to escape from predators where aesthetic features make a creature more conspicuous and slower. According to the theory of sexual selection, ornamental features can develop to the point at which the disadvantages of being caught by a predator outweigh the advantages of being selected by a partner. The peacock is a prime example of evolutionary choices of beauty over fear, the tail restricts the ability to fly but is a winner with the ladies. A clear case of form over function. An evolutionary example of love at all costs. A romantic tail/tale.

  • exhibited at Sculpture By The Sea Bondi, nsw / Sold to private collector