Below are a few examples of previous projects.
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.
‘Contained Animal’ series 2013
Our relationships with animals are complex and diverse; our views of the taxidermic animal mixed also. They are simultaneously real and unreal. Although the skins are physically stuffed or shaped over a frame, they are hollow in the sense that they are no longer alive, and are transformed to the status of collected object. They are a snapshot of a particular time, evoking (a false) nostalgia of a previous age; a sentiment combined with unease.The jars contain, display and commemorate the animals, or rather their representations/remnants. They have no specific ‘function’, and were drawn from various sources including the storage jars often used in museum collections.