This work references the story of The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, who, like Saunders, was born in Odense, Denmark.
Duckling by Nina Saunders, 2009
© The artist
- Stuffed duckling, metal frame on wheels, fibre glass, upholstery materials, white leather, buttons
- 118 x 67 x 83 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £3,300 ( Total: £9,900)
- Acquired in:
- New Art Centre
Andersens auto-biographical, anthropomorphic tale is interpreted by Saunders in a witty and poignant way. It was created as part of a series called 'Katy's Envoy' which dealt with notions of (not) belonging and feeling excluded. Saunders uses quilted leather for this piece which has associations with the excluisivity of a Chesterfield armchair and yet it is a chair that you cant sit on. Saunders previous works included upholstered furniture and animal taxidermy. However, in this series the artist's practice has developed to include more politicised references to civilian displacement, and the struggle of refugees.