SUBVERTING THE LANGUAGE OF WILDLIFE ART


The upbringing that I experienced occurred in homes decked to their ceilings in wildlife art. I consider works by rural artists, wherein fantasy moments are created depicting large deer in heterosexual pairings bedding in the snow, and pheasants flying up dramatically from harvested corn fields. For many from my region, these works are a vision of fine art. I take from the dominance of wildlife art throughout the Midwest an understanding that the identity of a region, and of the people who inhabit it, is defined by its natural environment. Most often these wildlife works are heavily romanticized, and plainly some degree of kitsch, but they are successful because it is a language the folk of rural America are fluent in. The commodified wildlife arts simply aim to raise the rose-tinted lenses between the countryman and the world around him. I am subverting the visual language of wildlife art to return queerness to rural America.

Wisconsin Boi
Family Portrait
Ruby-Breasted Woodcock
"Bizarre Half-Male, Half-Female..."
First Hunting Trip
The Elusive Golden Woodcock
The Elusive Golden Woodcock
The Elusive Golden Woodcock
the HUNT (Teal-Crested Pheasant)
Rainbow-Collared Grouse
Duck Hunting Series, no. 4
Duck Hunting Series, no. 2
Duck Hunting Series, no. 1
Portrait with Red-Winged Blackbird
Portrait with Red-Winged Blackbird

Pen/Ink, Watercolor, Gouache, Acrylic Gesso, Oil Paint and Oil Pastel on Watercolor Paper