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Sooty Fruit Eater

Item Code: SB-101006
Mixed media
Date of Work
Height (cm)
Width (cm)
Base price $2,385
Driftwood, mixed media assemblage.

On a previously unproductive stretch of shore, this partially burnt, splendid body arrived one high-tide. A good half-mile from our van, I needed to stop every so often for a rest, before stashing it in the vehicle.
Once dried out, it would give an opportunity to be paired with the completely burnt knot-head in the studio. Dimensions of both were appropriate. The black head's subtle beak suggested a giant finch; a seed or fruit-eater. I imagined the species to have become flightless through over eating. I'd heard bananas grew from 10,000 years ago. My sooty fruit-eater gorged till it grew immobile and subsequently extinct. A cautionary tale!
Sid Burnard portraitSid Burnard was born in Brighton in 1948. Introduced to the art of beachcombing by his Romany grandmother, Sid learnt to appreciate the beauty of nature from an early age. His time at Bristol Guild of Applied Arts gave him a profound understanding of visual arts and crafts and allowed him to put his personal vision into practice.

He is now based in Borth near Aberystwyth in Wales, where the flotsam and jetsam from the nearby sea is his only source of materials. Working with found objects, nothing is changed - simply introduced to one another. His driftwood pieces, usually birds, boats or mythical beasts, are full of his passion, integrity and wonderful humour.
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