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Bethan Turner

Sometimes the design of an object can become more significant than the purpose of the object even to the point where the object is rendered completely useless. In response to the works of architects and furniture designers including Pierre Chareau and Pierre Legrain, I create displays for taxidermy that focus on the means of presentation and enhance what the artist would normally intend to remain unnoticed or hidden. The object that is the vehicle for displaying becomes the object on display as the roles are reversed. The structures displaying the taxidermy are highly stylised and emulate shop fittings in flagship fashion sores. The design of these shops is as important as the object that is sold in the stores. The animal presented in a way that reflects the presentation of a handbag or pair of shoes objectifies the animal, turning it from animal to object.

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