Petah Coyne

Visual Arts
1:09 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Artist Petah Coyne: Peacocks as Symbol of Renewal

Artist Petah Coyne talks to docents before the opening of The Big Reveal at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Mo.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Sculptor Petah Coyne's Untitled #1336 (Scalapino Nu Shu) is a massive installation, featuring a 14-foot-high apple tree covered in black sand, and taxidermied pheasants and peacocks. The subtitle of the work refers to Coyne's friendship with the late poet Leslie Scalapino, and n? shu - a centuries old Chinese writing technique used by women, stories told in secret writing.

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