This series was partially inspired by the pioneering Western photographers of the late 1800s, such as William Henry Jackson and Carleton Watkins. They explored the West in North America and brought back stunning imagery of splendor and bounty. The photographs in the series hearken back to this tradition in a tongue-in-cheek manner, with the fake fur substituting for majestic landscape.
The materiality of the fake fur also inspired my images—I feel both a sense of attraction and repulsion to the substance. It is meant to be soft and comforting, though the rough acrylic fibers make for a poor imitation of the fur of a dead animal. The resulting series of photographs are clearly a simulation, a farce, with the fake fur as a reference to the lure of potential bounty as well as the resulting devastation.