Keeper, 2004 – MO
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Nomeda Saukienė
Keeper, 2004

Still life is the prevailing genre in the paintings of Nomeda Saukienė. Her work displays images meticulously arranged in her studio, with animal furs, birds and taxidermized creatures placed among plants.

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In Keeper, an old fox fur with glassy eyes is painted on a colorful tangle of grasses, blossoms and domestic aloe. At first the fox seems alive, until we see the unnatural pose assumed by the animal. The entire work has an encyclopedic, academic feel to it – the dead creature and the plants are so painstakingly rendered that we can easily recognize their types and species. The fur here can serve as both a hunting symbol and its own form of amulet, but what exactly is the dead animal protecting, and from whom?

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