Threateningly Vulnerable: The Incredible Sculptures by Artist Paul Freeman

by Lindsay Shapka in ,

These beautiful — yet disturbing — sculptures are created by artist Paul Freeman for the exhibit It's Only Natural. Freeman created the forms using traditional metal casting and the centuries old theme of the majestic wild animal... and that is where the 'normal' ends.

Painted in saturated, almost shocking red tones, the antlers of these wild creatures seem to have turned against them and are emerging from their bodies like branches of trees. The only areas left exposed are the most vulnerable — the neck and chest.

According to the artist, the message behind his compulsive, imagined work is the tensions that are emerging between genetic testing and the natural world. In these two strange forms, he seems to warn that if we are not careful, we may push the boundaries of the natural world too far.