Second Lives

Surprise_Visit
Table_and_light
Remember_Marilyn
Rhino_Foot_Vase
Hail_fellow-well_met
The_hunt
Sporting_fawn
Shaman
Senoras_muskrat_brooch
Outside_of_Box
Pickup_Game
Inkwell183
Ikebana
Hat_and_Gloves
Hit_and_Run
Glimpse_of_badger
Foxy_Sommelier
Dressing_Table
Escape_from_the_exercise_wheel
Deerly_Betrothed
Can_Can_Burlesque
Dead_Drunk
Bison-with-feather--fans

From a bottle-toting fox to albino squirrels, a provocative, disturbing and sometimes humorous series presents tableaux created from animal parts converted long ago into household trophies.  The photographs and diorama raise questions about our culture’s use of animals as souvenirs, trophies or momento mori, evoking not only the animals’ ghosts, but the ghosts of those who owned them.  Whether or not these photographs are subversive, bearing witness to our objectification of nature, not to promote the sacred but to profane the spirits of the world’s dwindling species, is up to the viewer.

Note:  The original taxidermy pieces used in my constructions range from sixty years to over a century old.  The albino squirrels were photographed in their dioramas just as they were placed long ago, and located in a Wisconsin funeral home.