This will be a 12 piece series, having to do with life and death. While modern culture teaches us to be afraid of death and the afterlife, animals live and die innocent to this. Humans bury and cremate their loved ones, but wild animals die in nature, letting the elements take over. I am fascinated by the beautiful forms and contortions their bodies take on, whether it be because of natural causes or man-made. Much of their body positioning reminds me of the way a ballerina moves.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Through a recent stint back to the southwest, I was inspired to do a series of work featuring the dramatic, twisted positions an animal takes on when it dies in nature. Much of it has to do with tragic events like being hit by a car or shot by a hunter, but what's interesting to me is how the arid climate of the southwest preserves their bodies. Versus here in the Midwest, where it's often wet, decomposing happens much quicker and not much of the animal remains, including bones. Everything just rots away, but under the dry, baking sun, the carcasses become hardened into shape and lasts much longer.