photos by Samantha Lissette
Male Quail and two Chicks
Originally this was a private commission for my uncle Stephen Rodgers, it then developed into a limited edition of 12, first exhibited at the 2019-20 Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition at the Auckland Botanic Gardens indoor exhibition.
Made to celebrate the California Quail families living in Cromwell, South Otago, I developed the idea further to include the father and 2 chicks, representing my uncle and his 2 daughters.
When I began sculpting the male quail I was concerned that the birds lack of shape and complex colouration would create a boring sculpture and a difficult patina. As a way of combating this I began adding detail to the birds body. This eventually resulted in the detailed realism of the work.