The "Gnaw" series has developed out of earlier work that was originally inspired by the practice of decorating one's home with hunting trophies - the use of the animal as ornamentation for interior spaces.
Rodents are by turns considered disease-ridden vermin, culinary delicacies, and cuddly pets. While they are among the animals most likely to be found within homes and buildings (whether welcome or otherwise), rodents are not often seen in architectural ornamentation or the decorative arts. I based the designs for these pieces on traditional ornamental rosettes and grotesque masks, incorporating the noses and mouths of rodents.
This series was first installed at Artisan Gallery in Paoli, Wisconsin in 2008.