Emily Parworth, "Teeth Party," from exhibition "Human Taxidermy," ink, 11x15 in., 2013.Human Taxidermy

Emily Parworth, BA Senior Exhibition in Drawing
December 6–December 13, 2013
Third Floor Gallery, Ramsey Library
Opening Reception: December 6, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public during regular library hours

Parworth describes her exhibition: "Rather than following traditional taxidermy, in which animals are mounted and displayed for human enjoyment, Human Taxidermy depicts humans and their remains as the subject of decoration. Through drawing and painting, I have investigated this role reversal as a response to two ideas: my constant relationship with animals and the excessive lifestyle of wealthy Americans. One example of this excessive lifestyle is the popular practice of hunting for pure sport. In this case, humans devalue the lives of animals to nothing more than a source of self-pleasure as a mounted daily reminder of their social status.

Through subject and composition, the placement of the animals in the paintings will be representative of classical portraits of historical paintings of wealth and status. This is also related to the art world in general. Art has always been a representation of wealth. Those who can afford art are generally richer individuals. Owning art is usually not seen as a necessity in life, and more of an indulgence. Therefore, owning taxidermy is a form of art and representation of status in a society. Those who utilize animals for a decorative purpose do not share the same beliefs of an individual who needs animals to survive for the nutritional value. Through material items such as art, people are able to illustrate their status and importance in a society. With wealth comes the power to ignore and devalue the significance of everyone and anything. Therefore individuals become obsessed in nothing but themselves."

Human Taxidermy is the culmination of Parworth's work toward a bachelor of arts degree.