Traer Scott

16.11.2011 in15:28 in Art -->


This week Lenscratch is looking at some of the top 50 portfolios from Critical Mass….

It seems appropriate that Traer Scott’s project Natural History combines animals and humans in her intriguing double exposures. Traer is known for her photographs of animals, in particular her projects and books Shelter Dogs, Wild Horses:Endangered Beauty, and Street Dogs. She is a passionate animal rights advocate and is incredibly sensitive to the affect that humans have on animals.

Traer is not the first to create work about dioramas (Joseph O. Homes, Tierney Gearon), but she has found spot-on moments where two worlds combine so perfectly

Natural History: In lieu of hiring a babysitter, my mother kept me safely captive in our hometown’s Natural History Museum almost everyday for two consecutive summers as a child. She thrived as a dedicated and quirky volunteer curator while I spent very long, solitary weeks communing with the museum’s animals, both living and dead, as well as operating the ancient manual elevator for employees and rummaging through the museum’s disheveled collection of mite riddled, century old periodicals housed in private storage. I have since harbored an immense affection for all things old, musty and necromantic; particularly preserved animals whose half dead/half alive presence is at once fascinating and disturbing.