Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Kristin Calabrese

Big Funky Chicken

Big Funky Chicken

Kristin Calabrese. Big Funky Chicken, 2010.

I write all over the walls of my studio. Big Funky Chicken is a painting of my wall with feathers stuck on it. I made that painting in response to a viewer who remarked that one of my interiors was “just a still life.” Technically, an interior is not a still life, since a still life is commonly a painting of fruits, flowers, musical instruments, meats, and vessels on a table; however I think the viewer was referring to objects arranged and painted, including furniture and other objects depicted in the painting. In that case, I reasoned, all realistic paintings are still life. I said, “I could just stick feathers on this wall and call it a still life. The idea struck me as funny, so I decided to paint it. I also thought that rendering my wall with the words all over it was similar to a trend of artists putting their studio walls in their shows, and also I thought it was interestingly personal – a bit of a self portrait of my thoughts. I called it Big Funky Chicken because it’s a big thing with colored feathers on it – mostly again because it gave me a chuckle. The dimensions of this painting are 63 x 63 inches – the same as my height by the with of my arms stretched out.


color, feathers, painting, still life

MomFear of the PoorWhen Life Gives You LemonsHold Your BreathMy Only RegretBig Funky ChickenFor Your Own Good

Inglewood, CA
United States


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