Josie Morway is a Providence-based self-taught artist that enjoys making bird portraits and is incredibly good at it. Her highly detailed works feature majestic birds surrounded by different motives including blossoming flowers, ferns and sometimes text in Latin.
According to Josie, one of her major inspiration is classic art.
“I like referencing religious icon paintings and other forms of ‘serious’ historic painting, but using animals and birds in the place of saints, etc.” – she told Colossal. “I’m going for the feeling of narrative realism, but working with a narrative that’s mysterious, missing some information, open to the viewer’s interpretation.”
Check out some of her astonishing works below.
"If we needed fire to remind us // that all true images were scooped out of the mud // where our bodies curse and flounder // then perhaps that fire is coming to sponge away the scribes and time-servers // and much that you would have loved will be lost as well // before you could handle it and know it // just as we almost miss each other in the ill cloud of mistrust, who might have touched hands quickly, shared food or given blood for each other // I am thinking how we can use what we have // to invent what we need."