The Herd: 2012-2015

This is an ongoing series that has gone through many different iterations since I first began in 2011. I was inspired by the power of cyanotype coated fabric to mimic all the textures of fur and the details of eyes and ears of various hoofed herbivores. I began to create sculptures that subverted the traditional poses of taxidermy deer, by allowing them to bound through wall and Plexiglas. As with the rest of my sculptures, these beasts were constructed from cardboard, newspaper and masking tape. Some are held together with a screw and keyhole, while others are magnetic. Each one is a unique fusion of gazelle, impala, mule deer, goat, or springbok. Their skins are a hand-sewn patchwork of cyanotype photographs printed from digital negatives.

Installation for Activate Market Street in an empty storefront Newark, NJ. Summer 2014.

Installation at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR. Spring 2013.

Installation at my solo show Moments of Thaw at the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis, IN. January 2013.

The Herd from Tayarisha Poe on Vimeo.

Installation at the Napoleon Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. September 2012.

Ephemeral street instillations of the magnetic fawn around Indianapolis, IN in the summer of 2012.

Installation of my first herd group at my senior show: Naturae Curiosa, at Swarthmore College in the spring of 2012.