I just finished reading a really interesting interview with artist Tiffany Bozicover at one of my new favorite blogs, My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses. I had never heard of Bozic before, but was immediately drawn to her naturalist field study inspired macabre animal portraits. I must admit though that they do remind me more than just a little of recent Gaycondo profiled artist Walton Ford.
Where Bozic separates herself from Ford is largely a matter of presentation. While Ford’s paintings are meant to exist as (admittedly romanticized) depictions of historical events, Bovic’s work is more reminiscent of gothically and unnaturally arranged taxidermy. Upon viewing these creatures, they impact emotionally more as still life pieces than actual depictions of nature.
It should come as no surprise then that Tiffany Bovic was invited as the first artist in residence at The California Academy of Sciences. There she had free range to examine and interpret the thousands of taxedermied and preserved animal specimens on site. She then created an installation titled “From the Depths” consisting of both animal specimens (live and preserved) as well as the painting which they inspired.
Here is a short film all about Tiffany Bovic and her view on the creation process….