The Humanized Animals of Kate Clark

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Kate Clark is a Brooklyn-based artist and sculptor who creates taxidermied animals that look back at you with human faces. According to the artist, the purpose of her creations is to investigate what separates, and at the same time, unifies the human and animal kingdoms. Clark hopes that her artwork will hopefully help people realize how humans and animals are not as different as we think. Despite the unsettling effect of her artworks, Clark’s goal is not to create monstrous creatures that will send chills down your spine, but to humble humanity as a species.

“I want all of my sculptures to appear dignified. The expressions are calm, and I generally have them meet the viewer at eye level, upsetting the hierarchy of man over animal,” Clark explains. “When confronted with the sculptures, the viewer generally has enough curiosity to stay with the work beyond his or her initial reaction. They spend enough time to recognize themselves within the work and find meaning in that connection. I’d like the viewer to recognize that we are part of the animal kingdom and think about what is still primal within us.”

Check out these unsettlingly enlightening works of art that blurs the boundaries of humanity while getting under your skin. Here are Kate Clark’s humanized animals.

1. A Rough Start

A Rough Start

 


2. And She Meant It

And She Meant It


3. Antics

Antics


4. Asserting His Influence

Asserting His Influence


5. Brooding Storm

Brooding Storm


6. Bully

Bully


7. Ceremony

Ceremony


8. Charmed

Charmed


9. Choosing Her Words

Choosing Her Words


10. It Depends

It Depends


11. Licking the Plate

Licking the Plate


12. Lit From Within

Lit From Within


 

13. Little Girl

Little Girl


 

14. Matriarch

Matriarch


 

15. My Heart Beats Like Thunder

My Heart Beats Like Thunder


 

16. Night After Night

Night After Night


 

17. Pack

Pack


 

18. Pray

Pray


 

19. Preoccupied

Preoccupied


 

20. Rivalry

Rivalry


 

21. Sharp Tongue

Sharp Tongue


 

22. She Gets What She Wants

She Gets What She Wants


 

23. Tale

Tale


 

24. The Answer to Your Prayers

The Answer to Your Prayers


25. The Map is Not the Territory

The Map is Not the Territory


26. The Widower

The Widower


27. Untitled (black bear)

Untitled (black bear)


28. Untitled (fallow deer)

Untitled (fallow deer)


29. Untitled (Female Bust 3)

Untitled (Female Bust 3)


30. Untitled (Male Bust 2)

Untitled (Male Bust 2)

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