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Brandon Ballengée

From Scales to Feathers: The Evanescent Presence of Sculpted Wings

Lafayette College Art Gallery and Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

The accompanying fully illustrated exhibition catalogue has the following essays:

Peter D. A. Boyd provides a summary of Darwin’s early influences in “Doves, Darwin, and Dovecotes.”

Peter D.A. Boyd is collections manager and Instructional Technology project coordinator at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, has previously written about the Darwin family in Shrewsbury and “The Young Charles Darwin—Student, Naturalist and Gardener.”


Joanne H. Cooper writes about some of the research collection in “Darwin’s Pigeons: Rediscovering a Collection of Evolutionary Icons.”

Joanne H. Cooper is curator, bird group, department of zoology, Natural History Museum at Tring.


KuyDelair offers a poetic response to Ballengée’s artwork in “From Scales to Feathers, the Evanescent Presence of Sculpted Wings: Through the Eyes of a Mystical Chant and under the Feather of the Poet KuyDelair.

KuyDelair is a poet, musician, and performer. Born in Paris, she has mainly performed in France and Canada. Revisiting the poetry as a performative art in the ancient Greek tradition, she has recently presented one of her neofeminist stage experimentations, Les Glas Avortés, at Place des Arts (Montréal). Exploring the topics of birth, body as a voice, punctuation as a rhythm, and death as a cycle of nature, she is currently preparing the publication of a poetry book.


Robert S. Mattison, in “Brandon Ballengée: Art/Science/Activism,” discusses Ballengée’s artwork and places it in the context of artistic and scientific  influences.

Robert S. Mattison is the Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Art History at Lafayette. He has written five books and more than 80 articles and exhibition catalogues on modern art. His most recent book, on Arshile Gorky, is on press.


James A. Secord’s “Nature’s Fancy: Charles Darwin and the Breeding of Pigeons” is a reprint of his 1981 article. Secord also provides an afterword

James A. Secord is director of the Darwin Correspondence Project and professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of many articles and several books, including Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of “Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation,” winner of the Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society. He edited and wrote the introduction to Charles Darwin: Evolutionary Writings, published in 2009 by Oxford University Press.


Williams T. Williams: Theme and Variations

Essay by Robert S. Mattison; 16 pages with 16 color illustrations and checklist, 2009