Perdix the Partridge
Photogravure, etching, 23K gold leaf, & letterpress · 29.5 × 17.5 cm · 1998
This suite began with simple head & shoulder portraits of ratty or amateur taxidermist's mounts. These puzzled, angry, quizzical, funny creatures were the raw material for a new body of work which examined the frozen state of long-dead animals, now verging on the comic rather than the macabre. This project also provided the potential for the fabrication of hard-to-find animals using pieces of beach detritus and actual animal artifacts (skulls, hides, etc.), and mixed-media assemblage techniques. The creature created and depicted this way (Upupa) does not try to hide the artifice or falseness of its construct.