I work predominantly in traditional gold and silversmith techniques, combined with taxidermy. I use these materials as a memento mori, or reminder of mortality because I think it is important to identify with the concept that we are in fact mortal creatures.
I consider my taxidermy to be a celebration of life, a preservation of something beautiful. I feel strongly about the fair and just treatment of animals and to accentuate this point I use only animals that have died of natural causes.
Courtesy of Sophie Gannon Gallery
rabbit, sterling silver, peridots, chrome tourmalines, sapphires, glass, wood, peacock feathers
30 x 30 x 30 cm
Viewers' Choice Award; Finalist
Judges of the 2010 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: John Kaldor AM (Principal of Kaldor Public Art Projects), Glenn Barkley (Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney) and Monica McMahon (Curator at University of Western Sydney).
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