The first five images, above, represent my work which aimed to represented the still life as not still, but full of live. Live poultry replaces the dead animals pictured in the master painters work of the 17th Century painting style of the memento mori and vanitas.
The live poultry in these images can be mistaken for taxidermy, therefore viewers may not see the vivere in this work. The next set of five images explores human's complicated relationship with animals: Viewed as adorable, objects or a source of food. I employ similar lighting and composition but employ symbolism to invite questions of how humans treat animals.