The moral and social ethics involved when sourcing animal parts or materials for art objects is an integral part of my creative process. The anthropomorphic effects on the environment, along with contemporary infrastructure do not allow for individuals to live free from exploitation. Concerns for wildlife are overshadowed by personal comfort. Certain species lives are federally protected and valued, others are regarded as a nuisance and targeted. While working with the “less desirable” animal materials I find conflict within the value of a life.
As a craftswoman, I use mixed media to explore these conflicting feelings, and preserve the beauty of discarded nature.