Every year an estimated 300 million animals are illegally imported into the United States as exotic pets. Most of these exotic animals retain their natural instincts, behaviors, and dietary attributes––even those captivity bred, remain wild. "Displaced" is a look at the efforts of the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine located in NYC, as they tend to these animals who have been removed from their natural habitats and transplanted into a foreign environment.
I grew up in central Illinois, where the roads run long, flat and straight across a vast plain of open
farmland. In this setting, prairie wildlife and cars can easily avoid one another. When I moved to
Westchester, just north of NYC, I was dismayed by the number of animal fatalities on the winding
wooded roadways. Photographing their remains became an act of witness, a way to register the
diminishing wildness in our world, and the impetus to my work with animals. In modern society, the
animal is no longer necessary for the survival of, or central to the livelihood of man. They are
revered, celebrated, decorated, worshiped, and possessed. I look beyond the physical, to the
multidimensional and emotional bodies of these sentient beings and see their grace, beauty and
benevolence of spirit as indistinguishable from ourselves. I do not see them as lesser, but more
highly attuned in ways that are beyond our comprehension. My work focuses on the animal
kingdom and their encounters with human civilization, and the implications of their perceived
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