“One of the defining characteristics of being human is the way we encompass and embrace dualities: two equal forces pulling in opposite directions. I am keenly interested in these opposing forces and to that end direct my work to such themes as: detachment and attachment, repulsion and attraction to death, the superficial and the real, and our dualistic relationship with animals.
Basing my practice on the animal as subject, I investigate these dualities inherent to the human condition, while discussing the competing cultural constructions and classifications of the animal. Animal as jester, trophy, companion, and nourishment are explored through the mediums of drawing and taxidermy.
Through examining the shades between beauty and traditional notions of ‘ugliness’, my aim is to challenge the cloying mythical image of ‘the wild’ and its self-contained trophy forms, while also reflecting our current environmental and cultural landscape.”
Kate Puxley was born in Edmonton, Alberta and has since lived in Toronto, Ottawa, Italy, and Montreal. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in 2005, she extended her practice beyond the palette, and became a certified taxidermist. She specializes in large charcoal drawings and taxidermy, using ‘found animals,’ predominantly road kill.
Puxley was one of five Canadian artists short-listed to illustrate The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, was awarded the Editor’s Choice Award for Art Threat Magazine’s Framing Harper Competition, and was invited to create a diorama intervention at The Museum of Zoology in Rome, Italy.
She is currently an MFA candidate at Concordia University. Her work hangs at The Brookstreet Hotel (Kanata, ON), The Almonte General Hospital (Almonte, ON), and in a number of private collections.