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Source: Auckland Council

In Western tradition, the term ‘Potter’s Field’ is given to land used as a common grave for those unclaimed or unknown.

Ratcliffe, a professional taxidermist, felt an affinity with the term, which could also be applied to her freezer.

Taking an anthropomorphic approach to taxidermy, Ratcliffe’s pieces prompt a dialogue around the relationships between people, the land and wildlife.

Ratcliffe uses only ethically sourced specimens. She has taxidermy pieces in public collections held by the NZ Bird Society, Zealandia, North Otago Museum, Upper Hutt Predator Free Trust, and in many private collections around New Zealand.

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