Rose Finn-Kelcey

The Magpie’s Box


Not on display

Rose Finn-Kelcey 1945–2014
Wood, steel, felt, varnish, stuffed magpie, audio tape of magpie sounds, call whistle and other materials
Object: 365 × 500 × 345 mm (including Perspex cover and drawer pulled out)
Presented by Tate Members 2014

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This sculpture relates – a two-day performance Finn-Kelcey made with two magpies in the window space of Acme Gallery, London in 1976. Finn-Kelcey spent her time in the space talking to the pair of magpies, offering them food and objects. She commented: ‘I wanted to talk about the potential for another language, apart from the existing one that we tend to feel is the only one…and through that talk about a potential for women having a voice’. This reflected a broader attempt by women in the 1970s to challenge the centrality of an authoritative ‘male voice’.

Gallery label, September 2016

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