Essay On Taxidermy

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The controversial and thought provoking installation artist and activist, Angela Singer uses her process of redefining the purpose of taxidermy to interpret the preconceived perceptions of animal violence, gender roles in society and art as well as the viewers experience. Since the early 1990’s taxidermy has taken the reins in popular culture, especially in contemporary art. Artists are now using taxidermy in their work as a unique and yet growing medium to be displayed in exhibits. “Singer’s reclamation of the taxidermy object acknowledges the taxidermy process and utilizes historical methods of displaying to simultaneously expose the myth of the hunt and the masculine drive to collect animal trophies.
Angela Singer’s concept of incorporating animals into her work was originally influenced by the love of her childhood dog. She
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The aim should be to create botched works that are transformative, that shock the viewer into a new way of seeing and thinking about the animal. Taxidermy can be traced back to England in the 19th century during the Victorian era. Results of the sport became a representation of wealth, strength and décor. The importance of taxidermy can be broken down, but one obvious aspect that identifies the hunter’s strength is the prey. Predominantly contextualizing taxidermy as the negative by-product of Victorian-era colonization “Why do humans need to constantly reassure ourselves of our supremacy over other species through the exclusion of that which is not?” The practice of taxidermy isn’t even for food. The purpose of it is to represent strength and power. Animals tend to be seen as soulless beings that have been put on this earth for us humans to control. There are artists working today who feel a sense of dominance over other

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