You a sick bitch... Do you seriously just go around picking up road kill?! Your house must smell grosss.
No one dissects to quicken his eye for, or his delight in, beauty. He dissects simply to increase his knowledge of how beautiful objects are put together to the end that he may be able to imitate them.
Death was just an accident, an error in the world he thought he could fix.
Dave Madden speaking about Carl Akeley (1864-1926), one of the first notable taxidermists
I am more than understanding of your perspective…. i see reactions and hear reactions similar to this quite often, some of my family is still growing accustom to my work.
The aspect that tends to be a bit irksome is the jumping to assumption and harsh tones merely because it is not something you understand.
I know it seems gross and alien to most outside viewers, but likewise… i do not understand the hobbies or actions of others ( spray tanning to name one? ) … but that does not mean i approach them with a sharp tongue and conjured assumptions….
to each their own….
I am more than happy to have a legitimate conversation with an opposing view or answer and clarify assumptions…. but only if there is a level of maturity…..
juvenile name calling tends to sink on the lower side of that spectrum.
I think she handled that just perfectly :)
It always bothers me that when some people hear we deal with road kill they immediately think we are bringing home the most vile rotting corpse. You know we too have standards. YES some road kill smells. But guess what? We don’t bring it home! And if we do - not only do we know how to handle it properly but it is to be processed for bones and it’s kept outside, likely buried, far far away from any guest who god forbid might complain my house reeks of road kill (which I will never allow to be the case). I have brought many casualty specimen into my home for skinning and dissection, ALL of which were road kill, and not a single person would know it by the smell (or any other aspect for that matter).
Artists who work with road kill are not out of our minds. We are not unhygienic. In most cases we probably know how to clean up better then most (and do so more often!). It is possible to work in such an art and not be repulsive to those who don’t.
In most cases animals hit and killed by cars are either left on the side of the road to rot or they are put into a dumpster to be taken to the landfill for a less than proper burial underneath thousands of pounds of our garbage. Before I even got into this work I saw it as giving new life to animals who have been wrongfully but unavoidably killed. And now that I am doing this kind of work I know that is the case, and it truly makes me happy knowing at the very least I can appreciate the existence of this once living creature. Animals hit going 70 miles per hour are likely killed instantly. But what of the animals hit going just 20 or 30 (or less)? How many injured animals scamper off into the woods after their back end is slammed into by a two ton vehicle, only to die shortly after alone and scared? These are living animals. Can anyone justify why they’ve been killed? Yet we refuse to look at them. The bone and guts we see scattered on the roadside are nearly identical to our own. I do not do the work I do to get people to stop hitting animals with their cars. Unfortunately, and sadly, it is inevitable. But I do the work I do because we have become so unwilling to look at the effect we have on the world we live in. We as a people are disgusted by road kill. In choosing to ignore road kill because it’s ‘gross’ we are choosing to forget that we ourselves are animals. We are fragile. We are beautifully constructed so that we may consciously enjoy this life we so often take for granted.
Some aspects of working with road kill may be gross to you. But those of us who do it, do it because we are so passionate about why we do it. And if you’ve read this far I thank you for taking a moment to learn why I do it.
Now go forth and learn about the world and even if you yourself wouldn’t do something, just take a moment to learn why someone else does and respect their passions in life. <3