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“My work utilizes the iconography of women and animals to discuss commodity culture, feminism, and the power and ownership. Self-worth is often dictated by the items we own and the trophies of our existence. Due to my own personal experiences in a capitalist society I view consumer culture as gender-biased, framing the woman as the predominant consumer. The idea of consumer as trophy collector, commodities as trophies, woman as trophy, and animal as trophy is the germination of my work. The use of animals, the subject of mans domination, and the female, are portrayed as the trophies that are coveted for prestige and self-satisfaction. Much of my work juxtaposes human and animal/taxidermy forms in an effort to understand the American landscape of consumerism and its desire for acquisition of the commodity. In my sculptural works, I depict animals absorbed and regurgitated by the...

Taxidermic

By Amanda Morris

“Taxidermy is a way to measure and characterize the relationship between humans and animals, a relationship that extends back to the beginning of time.” Dave Madden This project is the beginning of a large-scale project in which the 3D prints that I have generated and going to be used to make slip cast molds in ceramics. This project is a continuation of my last 3D printing project were I was printing smaller versions of the teeth as a test, and I stated that “I was thinking about taxidermy and its paraphernalia as being related to the commodity art object. I wished to further explore this idea by taking a product or implement of taxidermy and more closely relating it to a commodity object. I began to think specifically about taxidermy teeth, relating them aesthetically to a bear trap in mousetrap scale, which I believe is an interesting play on the power dynamics that can exist in...

3D Taxidermy Teeth Exploration

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I view this project as being largely incomplete, this is just the vaguest of beginnings… to start I was thinking about taxidermy and its paraphernalia as being related to the commodity art object. I wished to further explore this idea by taking a product or implement of taxidermy and more closely relating it to a commodity object. I began to think specifically about taxidermy teeth, relating them aesthetically to a bear trap in mousetrap scale, which I believe is an interesting play on the power dynamics that can exist in certain objects due to scale, or quantity. So the final project will reflect these commodity objects use values in an installation piece that will also play with ideas on power. I plan on continuing to use the 3D printer to produce taxidermy teeth, which I will then use in combination with other mass production processes such as ceramic molds and casting processes to...

Taxidermic

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For this project I wanted to create a series of taxidermied heads in miniature using a process which is capable of creating multiples. As a printmaker it is important to my own practice and aesthetic choices that the processes I choose to use be able to reproduce almost exactly any imagery I create. For this project I feel that multiplicity speaks to the nature of taxidermy as an art form, and by creating my own personal collection of taxidermied animals in miniaturized form, I am also referencing the power dynamics which can take place in the production of, and placement of the forms themselves. In this project specifically I created five animal heads (I am still trying to figure out the logistics/possibilities of display) that are representations of animals hunted and mounted as taxidermy in this fashion in North America. And lastly please excuse my poor documentation, the images...

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