In the summer of 2018, artist and writer Elizabeth G. Fagan photographed a group of does and fawns grazing at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in Belgium, Wisconsin. Fagan uses her own photography to create digital art like the images of deer in this series.
Fagan calls on the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT), who administers the Preserve, to end the cruel bow hunting it allows. “This doe was probably killed by hunters shortly thereafter—a possible victim of the bow hunting at the Preserve. The fact about bow hunting is that quick deaths are extremely rare. The animals suffer immensely and die slow deaths in excruciating pain. ‘Harvesting’ is what you do to corn. Killing is what hunters do to animals,” says Fagan.
She continues, “A couple of inept bow hunters recently crossed my yard looking for a deer one of them had wounded in the Preserve. They said ‘the Preserve said we could be here.’ But they were far from the Preserve’s boundary, crossing private property with impunity.”
“I don’t want bow hunters in my yard. I definitely don’t want the heartbreak of mortally wounded deer in my yard. End bow hunting at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve. It’s too small, too embedded in residential areas. It’s not much larger than the golf course on which it was created. If you want to kill deer, you can easily get a gun and blast your head off somewhere else.”
Doe 2, Wisconsin, 11″x14″
Elizabeth G Fagan is an artist and writer who resides in southeastern Wisconsin—a place she calls Lake Michigan’s Left Coast. Her art begins with her own photography. Then she alters her photos digitally to create images that can be printed in a variety of media: unframed prints or canvases; custom-framed prints or canvases; 5×7 or 8×10 wood panels; pillows, throws, calendars, greeting cards, coffee mugs, and more. Artwork dimensions are given in inches.
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