2020 Finalists

Rebecca DAGNALL

Artist statement: The photographic series Portraits of the dead, is a contemplative look at the notion of solastalgia. In this particular work, the audience is presented with what at first seems to be a powerful kangaroo – on closer reading of the work you will notice the flies gathered on the dehydrated eye of the deceased. The work pays homage to lives and habitats lost or irreparably damaged through the carelessness of humans. The unimaginable horror of what is presented is both a reality – in that it is evident that the environment is in crisis – and a memorial, as the decaying carcasses will soon only be available in mimetic form.

www.rebeccadagnall.com

Portrait of the dead #5 (kangaroo)  2022
from the series Portraits of the dead
pigment ink-jet print
100.0 x 67.0 cm
courtesy of the artist

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