PORTFOLIO > SPORTING LIFE

The Sporting Life is a mixed media response to killing animals for meat and pleasure. My deceased father was an avid hunter, fisherman and taxidermist. His power and presence was expressed even when he wasn’t around in our home by his taxidermy displays. These morbid souvenirs of his conquests perplexed, frightened and angered me. In these pieces I have mounted animal skulls on trophy mounts as a homage to these animals. The skulls have been drilled with tiny holes which follow the defining lines or significant essential features. Each hole is inserted with dyed horse hair. The unnatural horse hair colours speak to the artificiality of trophy mounts. The horse hair acts as a symbol of the ephemeral nature of the exterior. This installation is a eulogy for all the animal deaths that happen at the hands of humans whether it be for consumption or sport.

MUSTANG
dyed horse hair, horse skull, acrylic + wood
16"x33"x8"
2016
WHITE -TAILED DEER
dyed horse hair, deer skull, acrylic + wood
10"x17"x15"
2015
COW
dyed horse hair, cow skull, acrylic + wood
37"x21"x11"
2016
ELK #1
dyed horse hair, elk skull, acrylic + wood
12"x30"x7"
2017
ELK #2
dyed horse hair, elk skull, acrylic + wood
12"x30"x7"
2017
ELK #3
dyed horse hair, elk skull, acrylic + wood
2017
ELK #4
dyed horse hair, elk skull, acrylic + wood
2017
ELK #5
dyed horse hair, elk skull, acrylic + wood
2017