Below are a few examples of previous projects.
Animal/Object series 2014
Stuffed animal displays have potential for multiple interpretations; their presence is complex, concealing many issues and cultural references. It is precisely this ambivalence that is of interest and that gives them as a subject matter much potential for creative interpretation.
READesign collaborative project 2010
‘Collected Animal’ series 2010-11
This series explored the theme of taxidermy collections, and emerged following a project carried out at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee (see ‘residency’ page for further details). Collections such as those in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, Dundee, Scotland offer a survey of natural history and the evolution of animal species. In addition they provide insights into how animals were viewed, collected, preserved and used for study or display over the last century or so.
Changing attitudes to animals and conservation are also reflected. The image of an animal is potentially evocative, loaded with multiple meanings. I am interested in their transformation; they have become representations, symbols, altered versions of their former selves. They are fixed in time; frozen into a chosen pose that often allude to their original context, their display cabinets a new setting. While of course it is possible to view imagery, film or other representations of species; there is something particularly poignant about the physical presence of these collections.