Finding Beauty In Death: Art For Wyoming’s Wildlife

Cristy Anspach slaps a mound of wet heavy clay unto her throwing wheel, with her foot on the pedal she starts to form a jar. But this is not just your average ceramic clay jar, it is in honor of a female mule deer that was hit and killed on a Wyoming roadway near Cristy’s studio. 

For the last 8 months, she has been making jars to honor each animal killed on her 10-mile commute between Boulder and Pinedale about 80 miles from the southeast entrance of Teton National Park. “My work looks at the relationship between humans and wildlife as it pertains to moving over the earth’s surface – in particular, movements of animals, highway systems of people and the intersections of the two,” she explains to me over the hum of her throwing wheel. I watch her lightly dip her fingers into a container of water, the once lumpy mound of clay starts taking form as Cristy applies pressure on the edges where the circular walls emerge upward.