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Glorified Roadkill Captures

The 'At Rest' Series Features Animals Memorialized Where They Lay

— July 11, 2013 — Art & Design
A collection of photos entitled 'At Rest' by photographer Emma Kisiel depicts roadkill being given a memorial. Without touching the animal carcasses left beside highways, Kisiel created beautiful memorials for the roadside victims. She then took photos of the deceased creatures to immortalize their image forever. The photo series includes beautiful and macabre shots of fallen owls, foxes, deer and other animals.

At Rest was created in order to explore how people view death and how we interact with the planet. According to Kisiel, "At Rest expresses the sacredness to the bodies of animals accidentally hit by vehicles while crossing the road." By honoring the death of these animals, the artist is personifying them to shock the viewer. Since we don't usually view the lives of animals as precious, glorifying them in this way results in an image that's both elegant and grotesque at once.
Trend Themes
1. Roadkill Memorials - Opportunity to create unique and artistic memorials for roadkill, changing societal perceptions.
2. Death and Perception - Exploring how people view death and the need to rethink our interactions with the planet.
3. Elegant Grotesque - Creating visually striking and thought-provoking images that challenge societal norms and expectations.
Industry Implications
1. Photography - Opportunity for photographers to create art that challenges perspectives and sparks conversations.
2. Animal Conservation - Opportunity to raise awareness about animal fatalities caused by vehicle collisions and promote solutions.
3. Art and Design - Opportunity to create unique and controversial art pieces that provoke emotional responses and challenge societal norms.
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