emmakisiel [at] gmail.com
Portland, OR
b. 1989

Emma Kisiel holds a bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in photography from the University of Colorado Denver. Her work has been featured online on Lenscratch, Esquire Magazine Russia, F-Stop Magazine, Feature Shoot, Juxtapoz Magazine, and the Huffington Post, and in print in BLINK Magazine and Shots Magazine. Kisiel is also the author of the blog and online artist index, Muybridge's Horse.

Emma Kisiel’s photographs are an exploration of the ways in which we as humans experience and interact with animals. Kisiel uses photography to document and ponder her emotional and physical closeness to animals, both living and dead; the significance and future of taxidermy in museums of natural history; and the 21st century culture of places where visitors can experience captive and preserved animals. Often, her images question the authenticity of the moments we share with animals, as well as our comfort with our own mortality. While at times repulsive and confrontational, Kisiel's photographs draw attention to the preciousness of animals and the importance of a relationship with them, in a sincere and genuine form.

Note: No animals were harmed by the artist in the making of the images presented here. Most animals were found as "roadkill." Respectfully and with laws like the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in mind, all animals (in particular, native fowl) were left at or returned to the original resting place where they were found.