“…a version of a version…” | Capturing Animals’ Time Of Death | Taxidermy

Ribbon Seal

 

Photography Artist Emma Kisiel is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this narrative photography.  From her project ‘Another Death‘ .  To see Emma’s body of work click on any image.

 

Northern Flicker

 

Mouse

 

Elk

 

In the body of work Another Death, I use photography to contemplate the cultural role of taxidermy and the meaning of this form of looking at animals after their death. By capturing the bizarre representation of animals, already lifeless yet in the throes of death, I question the purpose of both creating taxidermy and photographing it. Photographing a taxidermy piece created to represent a dead animal – a twice removal; a version of a version of a creature or a scene – symbolizes the distant, limited experience we have of animals today.

 

Vole

 

White-tailed Jackrabbit

 

Peafowl

 

A shift is beginning to take place as young people visiting educational institutions find virtual representations and interactive screens more engaging than traditional displays such as taxidermy and dioramas. The death, fabricated drama, and sense of removal in my photographs reflect on these same qualities on the subject of taxidermy’s future in a changing world, a world in which what is considered a “real” experience with animals is certainly transforming.

 

Salmon

 

Wild Pig

 

Frog

 

See also:

At Rest

By Emma Kisiel

 

 

 

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