Taxidermy (2004)

installation stills and excerpts

Set in a painterly meadow, with the dollar store posters' edge clearly visible, the bunny preens for a few minutes. Seemingly 'diegetic' squeaks accompany it's every lick, breath, tick and nostril flare. After a couple of moments, it's face slowly transforms as a bump emerges at the centre of the screen. As the bump grows a second image emerges from the right cheek of the bunny. This image, growing in size as the bulge at the centre of the screen grows, becomes recognisable as a pair of shoes rubbing together: the actual source of the previously interpreted bunny sounds. As the image of the bunny recedes to accommodate the image of the squeaking shoes, the screen is also transforming: a 3d copy of the shoes is pushing through the rubber screen causing it to eventually 'collapse around the object. Once the transformation from 2d surface to 3d object is complete, the image disappears and the object stays dormantfor about four minutes, at which time the shoes slowly recede, the screens' surface is restored and the process.

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This work was created in K'emk'emeláy (colonially known as Vancouver BC.),
with gratitude and acknowledgement of our host's nationhood; of their unceded, ancestral and current territories:
the Musqueam, Squamish, and Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.