Girl with birds inside her

Rachel Goodyear, 2011

WAG 2013.3

About this object

© Rachel Goodyear

Goodyear’s primary medium is drawing but she has started using animation to incorporate movement in her work. The idea for 'Girl with birds inside her' had been in her mind for years - her sketchbooks include many doodles of girls with birds protruding from their mouths. According to Goodyear, the film's imagery hints at being trapped in a relentless situation, a loss of control or perhaps a stifled voice. She says: "There is also a very strange comfort in the way that her mouth contains the bird, all snug and warm in there - it's creepy and would probably turn people's stomachs."

Each frame was hand drawn by the artist with pencil and watercolour on paper. To produce the work as a moving animation, Goodyear worked with animator Alexander Hindle from Soup Collective, based in Salford. The sound is by Salford-based sound artist Matt Wand.

'Girl with birds inside her' was commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of ‘Modifications of the Host’, a solo show by Rachel Goodyear at the Bothy Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 1 October 2011 to 3 January 2012. It was also shown by The International 3 at The Manchester Contemporary, September 27-30, 2012.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Rachel Goodyear (British: English, born:1978, died:unknown)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Hand drawn stop-motion animation
  • Measurements
  • Physical description
    A monochrome animated film of drawings by the artist, showing the head of a dark-haired girl who is continuously expelling birds from her mouth. The sound-track features the girl coughing and groaning. The duration of the stop-motion animation is 2 minutes, 37 seconds, looped. The film is an Edition 1 of 3 + 1 Artist's Proof.
  • Related people
    Rachel Goodyear (Artist/maker, previous owner) ; Alexander Hindle (Collaborator on this artwork) ; The International 3 (Gallery representing her and co-donor of this artwork) ; Matt Wand (Collaborator on this artwork) ; Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Commissioner of this artwork, previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    previous number: FADB 2013.4
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by the artist and The International 3 in 2013. Commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Rachel Goodyear

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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