Steel Cage - Gold Paint - Mule Deer - Mannequin - Soil Looking at what a cage represents; safety, confinement, home, captivity, temptation, display etc. And how that defined the position of the object/ creature residing inside, and us on the outside. Addressing the notion of humans as animals, or as something greater than an animal. Making the connection of man as an animal.
Mannequin - Mosses - Faux Plants - Fur Stole - Part 1 - The title is taken from a species of fungus, different species of fungus are specialized to target specific species of jungle ant. A common term for these infected ants is "zombie ants". Once spores are ingested the ant starts behaving peculiarly, scaling a tree and biting hard into the bark to die. The spores then grow, blossom, and spore to infect more ants.
Bark - Mannequin - Structural Materials - Fur Stole - Miniature Diaorama - Part 2 - A narrative burst from the back of this phenomenon and blossomed into this two part body of work. A lady, adorned with a fur stole, starts changing. Skin taking on bark and moss, contorting, changing as the stole liberates itself from it's ornamental life and comes back to life. The body returns to a state of nature, adapting to become a habitable environment for the animals to live.
Pink Insulation - Asphalt Paint - Squirrel - Frame Faced with political connotations of animal materials and art, there is an exploration into readily available materials (e.i. road kill). And how to portray such a material to leave it true to its origination (e.i. the road) Also looking at camouflage and the gold lichen type reaction worked in favor of the composition.
Found Bird's Nest - Bird A birds nest was brought to me, it had been found near a construction site and was constructed of mostly twigs, metal wires and electrical chords. Paired with a dead baby bird I found that choked on a piece of red plastic and an abandoned egg, I chose to put it all together on a wall mounted tree branch.
Toys - Chickens - Cast Body Parts - Garbage Can A step towards the direction of taxidermy itself. Incorporating both active realms of manufactured toys and natural materials. Also a play on words.
Robotic Toy - Red Dye - Cotton Cloth Looking at what taxidermy is, the action, the definition, the result. Robotic toy skeleton is still functional, moving, crying, responsive to touch. Although still considered poaching, the koala is not part of the bear family.
Robotic Toy - Red Dye - Cotton Cloth Looking at what taxidermy is, the action, the definition, the result. Robotic toy skeleton is still functional, moving, crying, responsive to touch. At this point it would fall under poaching, as a panda is considered an endangered species.
Robotic Toy - Red Dye - Cotton Cloth Looking at what taxidermy is, the action, the definition, the result. Robotic toy skeleton is still functional, moving, crying, responsive to touch.