What I Found in the Shed

WHAT I FOUND IN THE SHED, 2018

Oil stick and collage on wood

40”x27”

Me and my partner have been renovating our landlord’s shed to convert into a studio for a few years now.  One day, my partner’s father stumbled upon some raccoon remains above the ceiling.  Coincidentally, I found an entire raccoon skeleton outside a gas station soon after our initial findings.  It caused me to pause and think about how they’ve managed to adapt to human colonization after being discovered during the colonial era, particularly since they were distributed around the world (Especially Europe) throughout the 20th century as pets and unwanted voyagers.  The image depicts a raccoon scurrying past collages of artwork ranging from the Renaissance-modernist eras, harkening back to Europe’s artistic, and colonial history.

These days, I like to wander through the back alley in my neighborhood to see if I can find any other casualties.  Just because we live in the confines of comfort does not mean death isn’t so easy to find.

Fun Fact:

Since their introduction, raccoons in Vancouver island (Where I live) fill both rural and urban niches, They eat seafood as well as scavenge for human food.  This makes them rather unique as Raccoons in other regions fill either one of said niches, making raccoons on the island very versatile.

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