Artist’s statement: We regularly use taxidermy of insects in order to define, categorize and understand them. With all this great variety of insects people are still able to decide whether they’re looking at a butterfly or dragonfly using common characteristics they know.

Using Photoshop I’ve created new insects out of the ones I photographed. My new insects have nothing to do with practicality; they wouldn’t be able to fly if existed.

I created them with parts of different insects while trying to imitate the most basic distinguishable characteristics of common insects.

The results are meaningless shapes made out of insect parts that we can call or define as a beetle or butterfly by mistake.

Taxidermy 1 - Dana Stirling

Taxidermy 1

Taxidermy 2 - Dana Stirling

Taxidermy 2

Taxidermy 3 - Dana Stirling

Taxidermy 3

Taxidermy 4 - Dana Stirling

Taxidermy 4

Taxidermy 5 - Dana Stirling

Taxidermy 5

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About Dana Stirling

Born in Maala Adumim, Jerusalem Israel, Dana earned a BA in photographic communication at Hadassah College Jerusalem 2013. Currently based in NYC, Dana has had an internship at the Hasted Kraeutler Gallery and was a Teen academy black and white TA at the ICP NYC. Visit Dana's website.

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