To Stein, who staged the scenes herself, often transporting large and cumbersome taxidermied animals to specific locations, the images are about a kind of tension, the way that the worlds of the deer, bears, turkeys, and wolves brush up against that of the humans nearby. As she explained to me, the pools, homes, greenhouses, and highways are simply structures in the eyes of the animals. That bear on the cover would probably love to hop into that “lake” for a quick dip.
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