The Magic Voice

A digital illustration commissioned by the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester as part of the ‘Museum Metamorphosis’ project. As part of the taxidermy collection at New Walk Museum, I selected the Lyrebird as a starting point, to transform through drawings, scanned objects and watercolour to create a digital illustration.

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The Magic Voice, digital print, 2013
The Magic Voice, digital print, 2013

The final image ties the notion of metamorphosis with mimicry, using symmetry and mirroring; transforming the appearance of the bird and its environment using patterns created from its own courtship songs.


The Magic Voice print, with sketchbook and inspirational objects installed at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester

The Lyrebird’s song range is complex; it is also one of the few birds that can dance whilst it sings- hence the different positioning of the birds feathers on the print. Through interpreting birdsong with drawings and sonogram software, I was able to visualise the pitch and repetition of the sounds


This artwork has been exhibited at:

  • 2014: Open 25 exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester.
  • 2013: The School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.