Feather from a Wandering Albatross
About the work
Cornelia Parker's "Feather from a Wandering Albatross" is a beautiful image in its own right and points to wider concepts of time and place. Its subject recalls the famous albatross in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner". Soft and graceful, it contrasts with the ragged feather of a raven from the Tower of London, also photographed by Parker. While some of the other feathers in the series, such as those from Freud's couch or Sir Ranulph Fiennes' sleeping bag, are symbolic through their association with well-known figures, the albatross and raven feathers are not so far removed from the birds themselves.
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