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Statement for Phyllis Stapler
Freak of Nature
When news broke a couple of years ago of a two headed calf being born on a dairy farm I became fascinated with how anomalies in the animal kingdom could evoke such conflicting emotions. Fear, curiosity, revulsion and even reverence are common reactions to unusual or abnormal creatures. Mythology is filled with oddities and monsters possessing extraordinary abilities and qualities. Freak of Nature is my effort to present some of these animals, whether a “natural” mutation, man made or imaginary, in a sympathetic light.