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Taxidermy is art, and art can be disquieting. I think Kate Clark is doing some amazing art here.


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You can say that some of the Jailers of Auschwitz, using the skins of humans, were creating art when they made decorative lamps out of their victims.

We do not need cut up bodies of any beings being called art. … Unless, as some performance artists do, the mangled body part is their own, or they have given consent.

An artist could elicit the same disquiet in your psyche with paint, or bottle caps, or nails in wood or, three dimensional mosaics with almost anything. Without cutting the head off a deer.


By Jack Foster Mancilla (not verified) on 07 Aug 2015 #permalink

The evolution storytellers should give this woman a job.
Ars gratia evolutionum!

By See Noevo (not verified) on 08 Aug 2015 #permalink


Nature is all about recycling and re-purposing. The skins served the animal, and now they serve to remind humans of the spark of intelligence and self awareness, qualitatively similar to but quantitatively different from human consciousness, within the animal.

There is nothing inherently wrong with a certain amount of exploitation. We, as all living things must, expropriate resources. It is best if are aware of and more fully understand the manifold consequences of our exploitation. Humanity has a footprint. We should carefully select where and on what, this footprint falls to preserve the resource and protect our own humanity from hubris.

Ars gratia evolutionum!

I certainly hope that S.N. doesn't also "think" the Latin mass should be reinstitutionalized. This is even more stupid than his last attempt at mocking the MGM motto.

Jack, if the meat of the deer was used in the process, then I don't see what's the problem with it. It's not like we could avoid killing animals completely, or that animals would get a happier ending without human intervention.

@See Noevo
You don't think you've got enough attention on the abortion thread already?