Museum of Taxidermy


















Lambda prints on photo paper、mounting on plexiglass (acrylic、aluminium frame)、UV prints on metel plate|Size variety ,15 pieces|2009-2013


Human-being ascertains another creature thought our own blind spot. Which some times appears technical and reasonable, but eventually the empathy that can't prevent makes a  grotesque that legitimate to civilization, yet irrational to the real nature, like a taxidermy. In my hometown Tainan, there once an old taxidermy room, some of the taxidermy inside can trace back to Japanese-Occupied Period. Today, they were placed along with polystyrene mountain and cheap plastic decorations, become dilapidated, disfigured and ridiculous due to lacking proper maintenance. I took the portrait of them with straight flashlight make it rough and unnatural, almost like disturbing the animals in wild. The camera kills these lively taxidermies second times. The pictures are trophies.


Taxidermy that originates from 18th is one of the most ancient three-dimensional methods. Today's 3D modeling procedure that goes thought "model-building to skin-mapping" has a strange conceptual and operational succeed from taxidermy's "foams-making to pelts-mounting.” In <Chapter I> I framed pictures with 3D generated frame, integrated my opinions about the animal inside, the empathy through the process pretty mush the same like doing taxidermy. The pair of computer-generated frame and taxidermy's portrait annotated each other. Seemly thick and solid, yet actual light and thin image result is a compression of cruelty behind hunting and the irrelevant of display.


Each kind of museum has its specific context. In here, I tried to cross an art museum and a nature museum. In <Chapter II> and <Chapter III> I shut deer and bird from several angles, makes an illusion on the amount. Painting-like pictures are gregarious animals living in the world behind the assembled frames. Some 3D render image texture with wax installed upon, referring to images of taxidermy inside the frame as taxidermy of images, or an eco-system of its own. 


In <Chapter IV> I take these objectify images back to original film location that no longer exist, take one last souvenir picture in birth place.













Chapter I|2009-2011



Chapter II|2011-2013



Chapter III|2010-2011



Chapter IV|2013


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Installaton View|2011-2014


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