Previous projects

 

Below are a few examples of previous projects. 

 


 

READesign collaborative project 2010

READesign - woodhorn installation

READesign – Woodhorn Museum installation. Large scale teapot was commssioned as part of a collaborative project and mobile touring exhibition (venues throughout the north of England. )



 

‘Collected Animal’ series 2010-11

D'Arcy Thompson Museum, Dundee UniversityThis 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.

Untitled  from 'The Collected Animal' series web

Untitled from ‘The Collected Animal’ series, 21x21cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

‘Contained Animal’ series 2013

2 FThompson Lidded jars-Contained Animal series. Photo AClark

Lidded jars-Contained Animal series. Largest 43cm high

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.