Terminal A-West

​November 14, 2014 - July 5, 2015


Philadelphia artist Emily White is known for her sculptural re-creations of wildlife. White is particularly interested in animals and, as she describes, “creates monuments to them.” As seen in White’s sculpture of an American Bison and Passenger Pigeons, the animals are life-like as areas are highly realistic yet she reveals how each has been meticulously constructed by exposing much of their wooden infrastructure. This juxtaposition of reality versus form creates a definitive and purposeful contrast as the animals appear simultaneously historical and futuristic, natural and human-made.

Both species, the American Bison and Passenger Pigeons, were at one time abundant in North America. Bison once numbered in the tens of millions while passenger pigeons were estimated to number in the billions. Today, there are about 500,000 bison and passenger pigeons are extinct. By exhibiting these animals together, White reminds us of the fragility of nature and the need to preserve our natural resources. Her decision to combine realistic forms with hollowed forms accentuates the fact that these creatures are endangered or extinct. White’s sculptures are a reminder that nature and humanity are forever inseparable.

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