There’s a post over at the Cool Hunting blog about the New Zealand based artist Angela Singer.
“While a strident activist against all forms of animal cruelty—including vivisection—much of her recent artwork is made from discarded hunting trophies and other taxidermy that strives to illuminate human exploitive tendencies of the rest of the animal kingdom. It’s a chilling effect; these carcasses highlight how grotesque natural beauty can become after suffering at the hands of humanity.” Cool Hunting
Being an animal rights activist seems to give the artist the right to use dead animals, in the same way that a black man can make black jokes. If Damien Hirst did this work we would just think that the old British artist is just being sick again. But because there’s a message behind Angela Singer’s work, I feel fine about it.
I still wouldn’t like it hanging on my wall though. The last dead thing I brought home was the skull of a bull. I found it while rowing down a little creek and sat it at the front of the boat. Then a bunch of cows came out of nowhere and were bellowing out to me.. like I was stealing the remains of their loved one. My friend said to just row faster! I brought it home to use it as a still life prop, but I could never get the cries of the other cows out my head, so I had to get rid of it.
Anyway, her website is really interesting. I also came across the Criminal Animal project, for those that interested in both art and animals.