For what seems like ages, I have been gallery gorging recently, and came across the work of Saad Quereshi who is currently exhibiting in the Gazelli Art House, London. CONGREGATION which has an installation of 99 wooden stands that altogether hold 313 life-sized Abaabil birds made from plaster and straw, representing fossilised birds who guard a Ka’bah in Pakistan.
Walking through the installation was a incredible, to view each individual bird, hand crafted and unique. I was reminded of the crows who gather on the climbing frame in The Birds (1963). It was a menacing sight to be confronted by all of these birds as I entered the space. These alien creatures all staring at you with makes this piece very effective when you first encounter it. An army of birds ready to attack.