A play on the ominous phrase, “prepare to meet your maker,” Mount Your Maker turns taxidermy on its head. The skeletal wall mounts, painted by Stephan Alexander, counters the stuffy – forgive the pun – image of a deer head hanging over the fireplace. Instead, the bright acrylic paint and varnish of each piece entrances through sheen and hue, a contrast to the expected milky quality of bone. The silvered and toothy smile of a shark is no longer threatening, and the lime green of another animal’s head attracts fascination instead of repulses it. Morbidity takes a backseat with Alexander’s works, which call into question the oppressiveness of death by presenting it with colorful intrigue.

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