At first glance it appeared to be a Rudolph-shaped collection of giant soap bubbles or maybe glass beads. It was mildly disturbing, and that was before my son realized there was an actual deer inside the glass. A taxidermied deer. A taxidermied deer covered in artificial crystal glass. Way more than mildly disturbing, and unforgettable.
Thank heaven I don't have to write a report on my visit for a sophomore art history class. I read the artist's statement, and am even more confused. Maybe Santa did not bring him what he wanted when he was a child in Japan. Maybe he never got a sled. Maybe deer ate all the bok choy in his garden.
An MFA student did have to write a criticism of the sculpture, and ended it, "By not giving answers to my many troubling questions Pixcell Deer #24 forms a chasm of worry in my mind that stirs an instinctive reaction—fear." That I understand!
For a couple weeks I couldn't go back to my holiday art project involving photos of dew and rain on plants in the garden where I work. The dewdeer kept popping to mind. Then I had flashbacks to a student who sang, "Dudolph the dead-dosed deindeeh," a decade ago.
Finally got the project finished and it is safe to watch. No taxidermy was involved.
© 2014 Nancy L. Ruder