An Exhibition of Rogue Taxidermy
Gallery X, Dublin. February 17 – March 11
Curated by Deirdre Nuttall
A growing number of artists in recent decades have been working hard to drag taxidermy back from near-obscurity, using traditional techniques, combining a fresh attitude with a healthy dose of subversion. The work challenges our perceptions of life, death and that intrinsic link to nature.
Still Lives honours the unsung existence of creatures that typically live and die without anyone giving them a second thought. Through the art of taxidermy, bones and photography, these departed creatures have been given a second life, of sorts. Forcing the viewer to confront their own views on matters including mortality, beauty, the human/animal relationships and rights – Deirdre Nuttall, curator.
Watch our interview with gallery director Giovanni Giusti and artist Arlene McPadden below.
Artists exhibiting at Still Lives at Gallery X include Arleen McPadden, Iris Schieferstein, Charlie Tuesday Gates, Gwen Wilkinson and Elena Helfrecht.
The animals used and presented in this exhibition were ethically sourced, with the majority being “found” animals which died of natural causes or accidents.
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