Brooklyn-based artist Kate Clark’s sculptures demand something from you. From a distance, they look like taxidermy specimens of various animals from all over the world — and they are. They’re made with real (and ethically sourced) animal hides wrapped around a clay form, but they have something else, too, something you can only see when you look at them head-on.
While they may startle you at first, the calm, dignified human faces of Clark’s sculptures become less jarring the more you look at them. What seems strange gradually becomes familiar, and the faces take on personalities and histories as we read them as more and more human, more and more like ourselves.