John Pusateri's 'Skin and Bone' Series Depicts Macabre Decaying Objects

By: Amanda Greer - Published: Jun 12, 2013 • References: johnpusateri and designyoutrust
'Skin and Bones,' a series of stone lithographs by John Pusateri, depicts eerie skulls posed with dead and decaying birds. The juxtaposition of a human bone with a fully-fleshed bird creates a spooky feeling of uncanniness, as if something makes sense in one way, but is completely nonsensical in another.

This portrait series is hyperrealistic, making viewers feel as if they could truly reach out and touch those skulls and birds. The one thing separating 'Skin and Bones' from reality is Pusateri's use of soft lines and ethereal light to make these portraits feel almost angelic. This, too, is a juxtaposition, making something so macabre look so pure.

Pusateri's work is an interesting take on the human condition and its ability to analyze things that don't make sense. By pairing two things that should not normally be together, Pusateri has discovered a way to truly shock his viewers.