My past five years of research – in which time I completed a Masters and PhD at the University of Glasgow funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council - were dedicated to the exploration of human and animal lives connected through the cultural practice of taxidermy.
My PhD project critically examined the craft worlds and knowledge-practices of taxidermists, past and present, and their material culture of animal remains. To date, I have published on this research in academic journals and co-curated taxidermy artworks exhibitions at the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, and most recently at the FAB Gallery, University of Alberta.
Part of the goal of my research is to reassert the value of taxidermy specimens and collections through collaborative exchange with museum practitioners and contemporary artists. The exhibitions Blue Antelope (2006) Out of Time (2007) and Fashioning Feathers (2011) were the practical outcomes of different investigations by geographers and artists into how taxidermy and zoological collections can be utilized to tell of the entwined histories of humans and animals.
I am currently Postdoctoral Fellow at the City-Region Studies Centre, University of Alberta working on a SSHRC project to “Reimagine the Mini-Mall”. As part of this research project I am curating Strip Appeal an ideas design competition, and traveling exhibit, which intends to stimulate and showcase creative design proposals for the adaptive reuse of small-scale strip-malls.
News: Fashioning Feathers, which explored the post-natural histories of birds killed for the plumage trade, is going on tour in 2012 and opens at the Royal Alberta Museum in February.
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