Through taxidermy, printmaking, and graphite, Detroit-based artist Ashley Shaul explores what it means to be human. Having the ability to create life and beauty from something that has passed on, while using a referenced kintsugi technique to repair the existing damage for the cast off hides and roadkill utilized in the practice, allows a celebration of the flaws of each creature, using their bodies as a canvas for stories of nature and society’s strife and pleasure. Slightly erotic and transgressive in nature, the myth surrounding these creatures is cryptically laid out, up to the viewer to reconstruct. It is not calling for us to abandon what makes us human, but to simply to understand that our humanity is not a lofty perch above the rest of the natural world. The exposed figures offer a look at our repressed instincts, the animal sexuality inside us that we're forced to subdue. The sculptural work, by contrast, shows a more external conflict;
the uneasy equilibrium between mankind and nature.