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Empire of Dirt

Liza Crisanti

Photography, 2022

Undergraduate
Liza Crisanti projects all of humanity’s constant struggle with mortality and the doubts of our daily lives through one photo. The life-size photo of her laying with a decomposing deer has a juxtaposing narrative that speaks to different viewers depending on the persons' relationship with death. As she lays, breathing and full of life, next to a decaying corpse of a deer, she gives the dead animal a sense of humanity not felt before, yet she also makes it gravelly clear how death goes about its job. The photo is a poor reproduction of the performance but in this sense the closest we can get to the relationship she has had with this deer after laying with it for 6 plus hours. We may never be able to fully immerse ourselves in the experience she went through with this deer, but we may not be meant.