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Dead Rodents Make Educational Art

Roadkill can be turned into weird art that teaches a thing or two to the kiddies about death. This piece, by artist Jessica Joslin, is entitled
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Roadkill can be turned into weird art that teaches a thing or two to the kiddies about death. This piece, by artist Jessica Joslin, is entitled Fiala.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 17:27 GMT

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Roadkill not only makes interesting artwork, it teaches kids the facts of life.

La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles is making death a beautiful thing with the Rogue Taxidermy Show, running May 7-30, featuring artwork created out of the carcasses of dead roadkill.

Curator Matt Kennedy says the exhibit is “remarkable” in its ability to “broaden people’s horizons of what they think when they hear the word taxidermy.” Original pieces on display include a sculpture of siamese squirrels fighting over a nut.

Many believe taxidermied animals are hunted for the sole purpose of decoration, but Kennedy assures they’re either scraped from the road, dug out from medical testing facility bins, or found in people’s garbage.

From there they make fascinating art pieces that “can evoke emotions” and force folks to “confront their immortality.”

Kennedy thinks parents should bring their kids to the show and teach them about death through the stiff animals.

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