Kimberly Witham, who has a cool, firm handshake and uses words like “whack-a-doodle,” wants you to know most of her work doesn’t actually involve taxidermy.
“Mostly,” she says, “the animals are just straight up dead.”
It’s chilly in Charleston, late in the afternoon, and she is wearing a yellow peacoat, a cozy sweater with large buttons, jeans and cowboy boots. She has short blonde hair and a frank, wide-set gaze.
Pointing out a tiny cut on the belly of a silvery blue snake, she tells me she’s been photographing road kill since 2007.
“See, he was probably clipped by a lawnmower. This one was interesting. With roadkill, you know, most things are stuck in rigor. But snakes are flexible. They have a little give. So I wrapped him in position around this vase with wire, and stuck him in the freezer.”
She stepped back, looking at it. “But it’s amazing how fast snakes melt...”
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