The Surreal Photographs of Amy Stein

The Surreal Photographs of Amy Stein
Dan Gould
  • 5 june 2009

Photographer Amy Stein creates engaging images of strange worlds that are simultaneously familiar and yet some how off-kilter. The Rumpus explains:

Stein creates dioramas using taxidermied animals to explore the evolution of the opposing instincts of humans and animals and how that affects our behavior around each other. Stein is interested in the positions of “submission and dominance,” that are played out in our encounters with the elements and our conflicting impulses to both hang back from and bridle the wild. Homes also figure largely in her tableaus, but these are not the homes of Ozzie and Harriet, Family Ties, or Arrested Development. These are homes that you would approach with the appreciable uncertainty of one walking into the woods with nothing but a whistle and a pocket knife.

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