Three ladies, huge boners.
*Some "in process" photo's featured here are not for the weak of stomach or faint of heart.*
*Most animals were not harmed in the making of these pieces. However where you see rabbit remains, know that most all of them come from an organic free range farm in Watsonville, CA. What is left over from the slaughter, the heads and feet, are given to us by the farmer, unless otherwise noted on the post. The rest of the animal remains featured in our work have died of natural or accidental causes.*
The ladies here at Carcasses and Companionship are inspired by a multitude of things, but while tastes in other areas come and go, the mysterious and unifying concepts inherent in death live at the core of what we do.
Each of us have been collecting remains in some form or another since childhood, always striving for further intimacy with the natural world around us.
There is also an idea of reincarnation through art. That a creatures life cycle doesn't have to end after the soul departs, but that through it's corporeal remains may regain some vital essence by being cherished and celebrated by the living.
Another major theme for us is reinvention. Collecting the scattered skeletons of all things. Almost all our materials are recycled in some way. Maybe they used to mingle with the dust in our neighbors garages until spring cleaning urged a rummage sale, perhaps they were the baubles and heirlooms of grandmothers and grandfathers, other times we're lucky enough to receive gifts or strike up trades with other artists and community members. Some simply get picked up off the ground.
No matter where they are from, the ladies of C&C gather up our loot to trade and share, always on the look out for a mentioned material for a fellow artist.
When we realized that we three had a shared interest in collecting and cleaning animal remains, we knew it was time to get serious. We started reading and watching and listening and learning and getting our hands dirty. The rest is smelly, slimy, history! We're still learning, and still proud to be each other's strongest tutors and supporters.
If you are interested in one of our pieces, don't hesitate to get in touch. We love to trade!
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