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Linda Kuo | United States

Elegant end

With increasing habitat fragmentation, the loss of natural predators, and continual expanding of roadways, The New York D.O.T., is faced with the disposal of 25,000 deer carcasses a year from motor vehicle collisions. Traditional methods of disposal––incineration and mass graves, have become prohibitive due to cost and environmental concerns. However, a more viable, sustainable, and practical solution has become available. Deer composting. “Reclaimed,” considers the practice of deer composting performed by the Department of Transportation in Ulster County NY, which composts over 800 deer carcasses a year.

“Reclaimed” illustrates the conflict between nature and humankind, and addresses the challenge of implementing solutions that are in harmony with our environment.


My interest lies in the impact humankind has upon the environment; centering on the benevolence and vulnerability of the animal kingdom. It is the animal that solicits my projects, and most strongly connects me to the underlying sensibilities of my work. Animals and nature are endowed with resilient mechanisms for survival, and possess the ability to continually adapt and yield to changing circumstances. However, their innate and intelligent systems of proficiency, are continually being stressed under the actions of humankind.

With simplicity and openness, I hope to create imagery that provokes deep consideration and reverence, towards the preservation and responsible stewardship of our environment and the sentient beings that inhabit our world.

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