Francis Marion Moseley Wilson

Research title: (Un)Sanitizing Death as Process: Bodies and Boundaries through Performing Taxidermy

Research Summary

My practice-based research utilizes the craft of taxidermy, both as a phenomenological experience and from a cultural critical perspective. My practice explores how taxidermy, as a process which involves a literal hands-on of dead animal bodies and which aims to undo the evidence of death (through life-like poses), can be used in a live art context as a larger exploration of the sanitization of death, the relationship of non-human animal bodies to human bodies, and death rituals.