Saki, “Cuckoo Bird: The Orphan”. PHOTO BY ZIM KILLGORE; CONCEPT, COSTUMING AND PROPS BY SAKI
On display through Jan. 23 at the Oceanside Museum of Art (oma-online.org), Saki: Birds of a Different Feather is a new exhibition from local artist Saki through which she showcases her unique costume design on forms. To show off her dazzling garments, the creative collaborated with photographer Zim Killgore to create pictorials that depict male models in otherworldly settings. “Sexual dimorphism, though prevalent in the animal kingdom, is perhaps most visually striking and recognizable in birds; peacocks, parrots, birds of paradise— it’s always the males who get all dolled up, sing, dance and bend over backward for a chance to prove themselves worthy of a mate,” says Saki of her inspiration. “When we think of fashion, beauty, red carpet glam—it’s usually women who come to mind. But the modern woman doesn’t just get pretty, she also gets an education and a job. So if modern man wants to keep up, he’ll have to bring something extra to the table.” The result is a project that’s both thought-provoking and eye-catching— now that’s flying high.