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The New Miasma

Artwork Gallery

sculpture representing a taxidermied and mounted fish, painted on a rock, with dried plants
sculpture representing a taxidermied and mounted fish, painted on a rock, with dried plants
sculpture representing a taxidermied and mounted fish, painted on a rock, with dried plants

Artist Statement

Artist Name: Sean Davidson

Title: ​Grounded

Medium: Wood board, oil and acrylic on ceramic, glue, snail shell, local foliage

Size/Dimension: 23” x 9”

Year: 2020

 

Artist Statement:

Grounded examines the life of animals and plants in relation to growth, decay, destruction, and sustainability. The subject, a fish, is rendered on a ceramic support found washed ashore from Lake Ontario. All materials except paint and glue are discoveries, such as foliage from early semester stored in an airtight environment or fresh plants presenting exposure after picking. The mixed media is tangibly collaged to form a full-length fish, framed on wood to mimic mounted taxidermy. This is in conversation with food waste and polluted waterways.

“It's crazy how much plastic was surrounding that unfortunate fish. How much plastic did it ingest? I wonder if the birds that pecked away at it ate that plastic... I wonder how much plastic we’ve ingested.”