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Deceased Animal Portraits

The Rowan Corkill Images Display a Series of Dead Animals

— April 9, 2013 — Art & Design
The Rowan Corkill Portrait of a Species series depicts an assortment of deceased animals. Among those featured are lifeless squirrels, birds and rabbits, each one dangling from the mouth of the Scotland-based photographer.

Portrait of a Species draws its inspiration from Corkill's own preoccupation with antiques and taxidermy pieces, prompting him to focus on the morose side of animal life, or lack thereof. He in this way aims to re-purpose objects that most would take to be disposable, re-imagining them here in novel ways.

Interestingly, Corkill takes himself to be the focus of the project as his pictures are all of self-portraits. This offers a direct look at who is responsible for the eccentric collection.
Trend Themes
1. Morose Artistic Expressions - Opportunities for avant-garde artists to incorporate provocative themes in art.
2. Upcycling Mortal Remains - Innovative methods of utilizing deceased animals for diverse artistic expressions.
3. Self-portrait Photography - An avant-garde photography trend is emerging with self-portraits being the focal theme.
Industry Implications
1. Art and Design - Innovative artists and designers can leverage this trend to create macabre collections.
2. Taxidermy and Preservation - Advancements in taxidermy and preservation, utilizing deceased animals for art pieces.
3. Photography and Film - Innovative photographers can leverage this growing trend focusing on self-portrait photography.
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