Hoarder, 2011

We found what was once an ideal trophy mount deteriorating on the floor of a junk shop.  Its busted seams, exposed stuffing, and torn, ragged ears evoked a similar level of pity in us as would finding a neglected pet.  We were motivated to save this discarded animal in such a way to evoke pity, horror, and beauty in a viewer as it had been stirred in us.  We had differing visions of how to use the broken seams on the hide:  one of us saw the seams busting with puffed pink foam while the other planned to fill the gaps with eggs and decay.  Our collaboration resulted in an ugly-beautiful aesthetic that communicates our concept better than either idea alone.