Born 1957, Boston, MA
Works in Wrentham, MA

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Feral Goose, Kitty Wales

Kitty Wales. Feral Goose. 1995. Bronze. ed. 2/5, 23" x 42" x 21".

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ed. 2/5, 23" x 42" x 21"

Gift of Stephen and Betty Jane Andrus 2005.99

Sculptor Kitty Wales examines the structure, anatomy, and movement of the animals she observes, and creates installation pieces that embody her visual and emotional memories of these living subjects. Wales is particularly interested in feral animals, and her previous projects have included feral dogs, feral pigs, and sharks such as those in Pine Sharks, another work by the artist previously in deCordova’s Sculpture Park. Although Wales does not like to label herself an environmental artist, her work is a reminder of the impact human beings have on nature. Combining natural and artificial found objects to create realistic animals and landscapes, Wales transforms both indoor and outdoor environments with creatures and habitats that appear to be frozen in time.

Feral Goose is one of five bronze geese Wales cast for deCordova’s 1995 exhibition, Strokes of Genius: Mini Golf by Artists. This work addresses the ways in which we alter natural animal habitats through the creation of artificial landscapes such as golf courses. This realistic goose seems to confront the viewer in hostile confusion over a golf ball, which it clutches in its beak. Feral Goose echoes the message of many of Wales’ installations, asking the viewer to consider more fully the footprint we make on the natural world and the debris we leave behind.