Jessica Pleyel

TITLE: Mending Ways
DATE: 2013
MEDIUM: acrylic yarn, deer skull
DIMENSIONS/RUN TIME: 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
DESCRIPTION/STATEMENT: Peak moments are those in our lives that are unforgettable, and alter the intrinsic nature of who we are. The point in time that helped to shape me was when my father gutted a deer on my swing set. In this moment of pride for my father, I realized that death was indeed a point in which many found their sustenance. From that moment forward, I ate no meat, and we did not share a relationship.
In Mending Ways, I explore my critique of consuming and killing animals as well as coming to terms and attempting to understand my father’s perspective.
I met with my father and asked to borrow one of his most prized skulls. After discussing for a bit, he decided to give me one of his best kills, although it was missing a piece that my brother and I broke off as children.
As a means to both understand the death of the deer as well as mend the skull, I chose to crotchet a cast, around the entire object. Further, I recreated the parts that had broken off when my brother and I broke the skull initially.
I showed my father the finished piece, and he tenderly hugged it close to him. Although we do not fully understand each other, we have created a strange bond, through yarn and bone.