Petah Coyne

Online Gallery of The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art

Born 1953 Oklahoma City, OK
Lives and works in New York, NY

Petah Coyne derives her inspiration from a range of sources, including literature, film, theology, and art history and personal memory. Her elaborate installations involve an ever-changing array of unorthodox materials, from human hair to religious statuary. Coyne began incorporating taxidermy into her work during the mid-1990s. Birds specimens, in particular, can be found in many of Coyne’s recent sculptures, representing themes of life and death, remembrance and renewal.