Proliferation review, The Sun-Herald, page 36, 4 July 2010

Feathers find their fill in a 'disgusting' room.
Andrew Taylor, Culture, The Sun-Herald, page 36, 4 July 2010.
Kath Fries admits that some people will find her room full of feathers "quite disgusting". "They all come from dead birds and it could look quite alarming, like the aftermath of a fox in a hen house" she said. Fries' Proliferation fills Gaffa Gallery in the city with thousands of feathers recovered from an old sofa. "They're not pretty like the ones you find in a boa," she said. "They're a bit more mangled and [have] got a lot more history on them." The 30-year-old artist said the installation was an abstract reflection on humanity's destructive relationship with the environment. The feathers, which she suspects are from battery hens, bring to mind birds dripping in the oil still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Feathers will appear to seep from the walls and floors of the gallery, gradually invading the space day after day. Fries suspects the installation will change as the feathers drift outside or get stuck to viewers' clothing or hair. "It's not really what you imagine coming out of the white walls of a gallery," she said. "Galleries are usually slick and controlled. But here it will be chaos." It's a possibility that may not please the gallery's cleaners.
Review written by Andrew Taylor.
Photographs by Anthony Johnson.