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ARTIST STATEMENT

Métis artist David Hannan works with taxidermy-form sculptures to explore vulnerability, both in humans and in nature. Hannan‘s taxidermy hybrids present tension and beauty in the merging of animals into sculptures and at the same time, suggest landscape in the gentle undulations of the forms. Many of the themes in Hannan’s art derive from his Aboriginal heritage, particularly his engagement with history, and notions of territory. His work uses taxidermy forms to make transformational sculptures that evoke emotional responses of fear, endearment and aggression. Traditionally, taxidermy forms have been used as the basis of a hunter’s trophy, where the skin of an animal is stretched over the form to be preserved. In Hannan’s work however, instead of using animal skin, he uses packing tape and wool felt blankets that create a sense of fragility. The blankets suggest a need for warmth, protection, shelter, love and understanding but also that it can suffocate and allows us to hide from ones fear.