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Kate Breakey – Nests


This selection of works from her Race Memory series documents the subtle differences in organic forms of birds nests.

A bird makes hundreds of trips to collect the materials to build a nest, which it then weaves and glues together with spider-web, caterpillar silk, and saliva. Each species does this instinctively because of ‘genetic’ or race memory-abilities and responses incorporated into its genetic code as the result of the common experience of its ancestors.-Kate Breakey

Breakey’s Nests are a collection of austere images of elegant, intricate little objects printed on silk and hand-colored with pencil. The image is then stitched into with a needle and embroidery thread, and pinned on to matt board. They are framed in ‘shadow box’ frames. Breakey has photographed nests for many years and on several continents, as part of a lifetime of fascination with the mysteries and wonders of the natural worlds. Breakey works with ornithologists’ collections of nests and ornithology museums in creating her work.



Kate Breakey – Nests
October 1 – December 31, 2018
Brickworks Gallery
686-A Greenwood Avenue
B Mifflin Hood Brick Co. building
Atlanta, Georgia.


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