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The outstretched wings and legs of Shot Bird evoke its limp lifelessness and helplessness after the penetration of the bullet. For Meadows such subjects were not intended to be merely literal but instead to evoke the feelings of fear and vulnerability that typify human existence. Made during the 1950s after the horrors of the Second World War and the prospect of a renewed conflict with Russia, such sculptures were vehicles for existential anxiety.

February 2010