Wunderkammer: The Cabinet of Wonders

Wunderkammer: The Cabinet of Wonders

Imagine the gallery filled with real wild animals including a zebra, a lion, penguins, antelope, fox, fawn, fish, rabbits, a baboon and a polar bear! This veritable ‘cabinet of wonders’ brings together sculpture and various media to discuss a broad range of conservation issues, from climate change to big game hunting. Says artist/curator, Rod McRae:  Each work explores an animal ‘issue’ using real preserved animal bodies (taxidermy) to tell their stories. Using the real thing creates art that is both authentic and empathetic. I argue that sculptures of animals rendered in resin, plastic, stone, wood or metal cannot speak as directly to us as the real animal. Each work touches on a different aspect of the human-animal relationship including biodiversity, pollution, climate change, conservation and stewardship. Each work asks us to examine our responsibilities as fellow travellers on this planet. (NB All the animals in Wunderkammer have been ethically sourced)

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