How an Artist and Chef Discovered Shotguns and Hunting

Artist Emilie Clark. photo from the New York Times.

The New York Times recently did a piece on artist Emilie Clark about her relationship with hunting and cooking. Clark's first kill was a common goldeneye shot two years ago in an island in the Baltic Sea in Sweden. She cleaned, gutted, and skinned it before freezing to bring back home to her New York dutch oven.

Clark, 46, travelled to Sweden for research on a series of painting that were eventually titled “Meditations on Hunting.”

Clark told the Times she's always eaten meat and been purposely aware of its origins, but that "it felt like there was a gap that I had to contend with."

From the story: "I grew up going to anti-gun rallies with my mom, " Clark said of her childhood in 1970s San Francisco. The idea of holding a weapon terrified her, she said. 'It's become an important part of my work to put myself in uncomfortable situations.'

One of the paintings from Clark's "Meditations on Hunting" project.

She started with skeet shooting in Maine, then a pheasant hunt, and after her trip to Sweden, she brought home some wild turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner with her new 20-gauge double-barrel shotgun, the story says.

Taxidermy is even part of her project, as she preserves the skins of the birds she cooks.

From the story: "She turned out to be a good shot, which surprised her. But she soon realized that hunting wasn't about chalking up kills. 'Going out in pitch dark, watching the sun come up, feeling the temperature change,' she said. 'I had the strange sensation that my physical presence was void, with all this incredible activity around me.'"