Should we conflate all animals under the umbrella title 'animal'? Should a dog only ever be 'dog' and not 'Long tailed Kevin who liked chasing cars'?
Based on an interview with a curator/taxidermist at the Natural History Museum, the ethnofiction Dying to Meet You recounts the life of Stijn the fox as he is arranged and prepared by a silent, pragmatic taxidermist. No longer simply representative of the hunt or cunning, Stijn is given something most animals are missing; an individual voice.
Together with the sculpture, the Dying to Meet You ethnofiction highlights the liminal areas between art and anthropology.
Paper delivered at Boundaries conference, Paris. 2017 and Southampton University, 2017.