Graduates have big day in sight

Dunedin School of Art senior sculpture lecturer Scott Eady walks between ''Site 2013''...
Dunedin School of Art senior sculpture lecturer Scott Eady walks between ''Site 2013'' installations Dumb Animals?, by Tara James (foreground), and One Hundred and Fifty Years of Growing Up, by Cheriene Singer, at the Dunedin School of Art yesterday. ...

The Dunedin School of Art is a site for sore eyes this week.

The 2013 arts graduates are putting the finishing touches to their projects for the annual end-of-year ''Site'' exhibition.

The exhibition, which opens at the Dunedin School of Art on Saturday, will feature installations by 50 graduates in sculpture, photography, printmaking, painting, electronic arts, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and metalsmithing.

The art school resembled an Alice in Wonderland set yesterday, as the last projects were jostled into position.

One of the more unusual works looked like a line of taxidermied animal sculptures on their way to church.

''It's about the mass consumption and objectification of animals and the way Western society appropriates things to suits its own ends,'' artist Tara James said yesterday of her work, Dumb Animals?.

''There has been a recent renaissance in taxidermy and things like the Mexican Day of the Dead have become quite mainstream. So, I wanted to give the animals their own Day of the Dead.''

''Site 2013'' runs until November 28.

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