Picnic

Ann Arbor, MI, 1996

 

While cycling up Provo Canyon in Utah, my brother Grant came across a mule deer fetus lying next to the white line of the road.  Its mother, whose body lay off the roadside had been hit by a vehicle, causing her to abort her fetus.  Grant collected the fetus, packed it in dry ice and shipped it to me.  A few months later, my wife and I created this "picnic" in a city park, while our son, Adrian watched from his stroller.  I photographed the picnic and used the image for the exhibition postcard for my installation, Picnic at the Footstool.