Emilie Clark And The ART Of Hunting

Written by Outdoor Beasts Staff on March 22, 2016


Emilie Clark takes hunting…

And art…

To a whole new level.

The artist Emilie Clark’s first kill was a common goldeneye duck, shot down two Novembers ago on an island in the Baltic Sea in Sweden.

She hung it for three days, skinned, gutted and froze it, then smuggled it past customs wrapped in polka-dot paper and tied with a bow. Back in New York, she put it in her Le Creuset pot with fennel and shallots.

Ms. Clark, 46, had traveled to Sweden as research for a series of paintings that she eventually titled “Meditations on Hunting,” now on display at the Morgan Lehman Gallery in Chelsea. It is a sequel of sorts to a 2013 installation for which she collected leftovers and food waste (milk at the bottom of a cereal bowl, grease smudged in a pan) from a year of meals she made for her husband and two sons.

Outdoor Beasts Emilie Clark And The ART Of Hunting

She has always eaten meat and been conscientious about its origins. Still, she said, “It felt like there was a gap that I had to contend with.”

Hunting was not part of her upbringing. “I grew up going to anti-gun rallies with my mom,” she said, recalling her childhood in 1970s San Francisco. The idea of holding a weapon “terrified” her, she said. “It’s become an important part of my work to put myself in uncomfortable situations.”

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