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Amy Stein: Domesticated

Amy Stein: Domesticated

© Amy Stein/Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City.

Roman Candle, 2008, by Amy Stein from her Domesticated exhibit at ClampArt in New York City. In Domesticated, artist Amy Stein explores the archetypal motif of man versus nature. More specifically, her photographs explore the tenuous relationship between man and animals as human civilization continues to encroach upon nature. On view until October 31 at ClampArt, 521–531 West 25th Street, Ground Floor, New York, City.

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  1. Skye – that’s correct. As I understand it, most (if not all) of Amy’s work in this series is with taxidermied (I know that isn’t a word) animals.

  2. This photo pisses me off to no end. If the photographer wants to shoot man’s encroachment upon the land, she should look to the Grand Canyon maybe and the not so far off coal-fired power plant. Or houses plunked down in brush-covered hillsides in Southern California. That’s why they burn. Or trophy houses built just outside Yellowstone, fragmenting wildlife habitat. That’s encroachment. That’s why animals die.

  3. getting people pissed is probably her goal. if this is staged, true events might be more honorable, but i imagine something like this is happening somewhere at this/every moment. the image has power.
    “man as monster”

  4. It’s fake, staged, a constructed image designed to communicate her concept of young white males and evoke emotion. PDN might as well have chosen a Cialis, McDonalds or GM ad as POTD.

  5. i m respinding to this because its something thatim choosing for a school project and it is staged im taking photgraphy and this is an amzing good picture well staged

  6. the photographer should have been chasing off the kids to save ONE being instead of trying to capture a “Cool” shot. this photo pisses me off too.

  7. Artist’s statement:

    My photographs serve as modern dioramas of our new natural history. Within these scenes I explore our paradoxical relationship with the “wild” and how our conflicting impulses continue to evolve and alter the behavior of both humans and animals.

    The photographs in this series are constructed based on real stories from local newspapers and oral histories of intentional and random interactions between humans and animals. The narratives are set in and around Matamoras, a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania that borders a state forest.


    Please do the research instead of jumping to conclusions.

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