On the driveway where most country folk would park their utes, Crispin has built a geodesic dome which functions as a giant lens. Light streams through its clear plastic walls; inside, dead birds and animals can be stored in freezers. Because her process has a high failure rate, Crispin uses the dome to conduct tests, involving both corporeal and chemical gases and fluids, on a stainless steel bench. If an animal has died on her property, she can work on it here, before its respectful burial, but most of her work is done roadside, due to laws preventing roadkill from being moved.
Kisiel explains, My images draw attention to the fact that, while man has a vast impact on animal and natural life, dominant American religions insist that animals do not have a place in Heaven and are, therefore, of little value in our society. To cause the viewer to feel struck by this truth, I photograph memorials I have built surrounding roadkill at the location at which its life was taken. At Rest expresses the sacredness to the bodies of animals accidentally hit by vehicles while crossing the road.
So if staring at some reassembled roadkill sounds like a lively start to your Friday evening, stop by and meet Fred and Rita Troxel at Jewelers Trade Shop from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 6 There will be wine and beer and Chef David Penniman will be cooking up fresh from Florida seafood snacks for the occasion. Just bring your own toothpicks. The raccoon baculum is for artistic purposes only.
Maree used to drive past roadkill too, until she decided to collect the roadkill, dead foxes and rabbit, for her art research at La Trobe University and make art that explored her new, raw experiences of animals in rural Australia. 2b1af7f3a8