Taras Polataiko Canadian - Ukrainian b. 1966

Mole


colour photographs, taxidermic scallopus aquaticus (ground mole), sterilized dirt
1997

Saskatchewan Arts Board Permanent Collection
1998-035

About the work About the photos: "The bullet holes are wounds in the building's skin. Can one see the reverse side of a wound?" - from June 24, 1997 Globe & Mail article. About the mole: The mole species he obtained, he said, is the blindest and thus most rarely seen variety in Ontario, Scalopus aquaticus. "It really only comes out at night, so it's not very well known," Polataiko said. About the molehill: "I want it to look like it's been freshly dug. People should be able to smell the earth." - both quotes from Sept. 12, 1998 StarPhoenix article.
Object Name INSTALLATION
Style CONCEPTUAL
INSTALLATION
Subject POLITICS
ART
EARTH
ANIMALS
CLOSE UP
WAR