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Bird by Svetlana Melik-Nubarova

Bird, 2017

Svetlana Melik-Nubarova

A young girl engages the viewer with a coy sideways glance, her folded arms like wings about to fly. The gauzy lace encasing her left arm furthers this metaphor, evoking the translucent wing of a butterfly. She’s posed beside a window looking out on a wide expanse of plains, mountains and sky, a strong contrast that suggests possible escape from the confinement of the stark interior. Beneath the window, a Siamese cat perks its ears, their reddish tinge echoing the girl’s shiny auburn hair. It might take a minute to realize this is a photographic portrait, its subject posed against a painted backdrop.

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