"One does not think of [roadkill] as a symbol of artistic creation, however, artist and painter Cara DeAngelis will change your mind."
"Cara DeAngelis’ Woman with Roadkill… is rich with meaning."

—Donald Kuspit, art critic

Artist Statement

The two central themes of my work are the Domestic and the Wild. These themes are embodied in my series on roadkill, which is presented through the rich and historically-loaded language of Still Life. My process involves finding the remains of animals that have been hit on the road and bringing them home. I set them up in compositions that both pay homage to, and satirize, 17th century Hunting Still Lifes. The still lifes, and portraits of animals on aristocratic laps, explore the long-standing confrontation between wildlife and an increasingly industrialized planet.

 

The inclusion of dolls and children’s toys in my paintings are used to symbolize nostalgia and the infantile. This creates a fascinating disparity between the two worlds forced together in an absurd union, they’re also a means of finding some humor in tragedy.

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