This is the first book to explore the oeuvre of contemporary Belgian sculptor Carole Solvay (b.1954). Using primarily feathers and thin wire, over the past 15 years Solvay has created ethereally beautiful sculptures that seem to defy gravity.
This publication illustrates over 100 of her works alongside short quotations from Solvay’s favourite literary works, by Ingeborg Bachmann, T. S. Eliot, Nâzım Hikmet, Carson McCullers, Sylvia Plath, Fernando Pessoa, Joseph Roth and many more. ‘Solvay’s feather art is not “un hommage” to bird feathers. Rather, like the dinosaurs themselves, Solvay asks, “What can I do with this?” Her creative answers constitute a transformative exploration of the materiality of feathers.’

Alain Chang is a freelance designer and art director.

Richard O. Prum is William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, CT.

Roger Pierre Turine is a journalist specialized in contemporary art and ethnic art.