|Pandas, 2010 -- Traer Scott|
They are spooky images, though what is happening is quite instantly recognizable when taking a closer look. We've all caught these moments in our sight, but they are typically fleeting -- distractions solved by an adjustment of the eye. But by focusing on them, suspending them in photographic time, these brief interactions speak to the complexity of our human relationship with animals and nature. The animals are frozen, the images of their living admirers just ghostly reflections on the glass that separates these intricate facsimiles of the wild from the well-planned and maintained museums in which they are contained. With the humans trapped in mere refelction, a role reversal takes place -- it is the animals who have more substance, stuffed and stuck in their posed post-mortem positions. Though alive, the humans assume the translucent spectral form, haunting these dead creatures in the fabricated approximations of the environments in which they met their ends.
But still there is something more, a personal element resonates. Scott has captured something typically hidden by the spectators orientation towards the diorama -- the expressions of awe and fascination. These creatures and their manufactured worlds are simply mesmerizing, and while humans are largely responsible for the demise of the species pictured, we are also captivated by them. Caught in the mirror of glass is an intimate human moment -- the private gaze from viewer to animal, one that is not meant to be seen by anyone but the creature who cannot return it. -- Sarah Bradley
|Rinoceras -- Traer Scott|
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