Collection: Birds Can Fly

Throughout the lockdown of 2020 Paul Harfleet’s artistic practice was forced to adapt, The Pansy Project being a politically and socially engaged artistic project exploring the navigation of cities by the LGBTQ+ community was no longer a viable area of exploration.

House bound, Paul began to consider what work would be relevant to a changed world. As he sat in his apartment overlooking the London skyline, his previous passion for birds came to the fore. Paul began drawing the birds he could see from his window. Comforted by the process, he asked his social media followers if there was a bird they’d like to see him draw. A disparate selection of ornithological favourites, drawn in pen by Harfleet, accumulated and was shared online, creating a burgeoning network of bird lovers, sharing stories of the birds they love in an unexpected context.

He called the project Birds Can Fly. A symbolic title that addresses the potential for flight the birds depicted here, summon. Their wings closed, perched and waiting to escape, a metaphor for a population temporarily caged.

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