Charlie Mclenahan's Dead Immortals
Charlie Mclenahan is a London-born artist living in Moray, Scotland, where she completed her honors B.A. in fine art. She writes:
"My art uses the medium of photography to show the things that we all see but never look at. Within this work I have photographed road kill and any other newly found dead to create an immortality for the animal."
Her work, she explains, plays off of "the common belief that art should be salable, inoffensive, and without meaning.
"My work reflects none of these qualities, but displays, on first glance, all of these qualities. It is the oversentimental, and over-sized, image of the dead that allows the viewer to really look at the photograph, to engage and understand the emotion, in what is an unemotional image of still life. The work is a sugar-coated reminder to society that when we live in a world void of wildlife, we have no return. Then man has not won the battle to be supreme ruler of all he has made, he has lost the balance between life, death, and immortality.
"The work is a juxtaposition of the mortal and immortal."