Kate Boxer's illustrations from Adam Nicolson's recent book, The Seabird's Cry
'More than anyone I know, Kate Boxer can paint the inner sensibility of creatures, not merely the body-forms but their motivating spirit. All animals meet the world in their own way and that unique understanding of their surrounding world shapes the beings they are. That is the central, glowing thread of modern seabird science, the principle Harper Lee put in the mouth of Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird: understand the other 'from his point of view ... climb into his skin and walk around in it'. The future of the seabirds - and perhaps of all living things - depends on that becoming the universal understanding. 'Cow parsely has a language of its own,' Ali Smith wrote in Autumn ... Yes: cow parsley, puffins, sandeels, gannets, plankton, the great wandering albatrosses, every living thing in a multiple Babel of radiant interiorities.
Miraculously, Kate Boxer has depicted it in these birds.' Adam Nicolson
OTHER WORKS BY KATE BOXER
'Idiosyncratic and deeply felt ... a fierce understanding of [the subject's] innate spirit.' Bruno Wolheim
'Looking at her portrait of [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] you can believe that every man gets the face he deserves. His character is there with its sensuality, neediness, quest for oblivion, intelligence and hurt.' David Flusfeder
'A remarkable creative spirit: her images and the means to realise them are at one.' George Melly