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Untitled (Wild Boar Piglet)

The fox and wild boar piglet work speaks about survival of the fittest, the cunning fox and the weighty pig. The clever fox, who is claiming to help the piglet with her flying attempts, is actually setting her up for a terrible fall in order to get his next meal. The vein piglet, with her little winged harness, pigging out on marshmallows unfortunately will not get too far in her attempts to escape.


I am playing on the usual connotations between the cat and the bird with my piece Gobsmacked. The kitten as small as she is, and even while perched in the beak of the crow, still appears powerful, taunting the crow with her ball of ribbon. The association of black crows with death and war is an obvious reflection of its tendency to eat carrion, plenty of which is to be found in the aftermath of battle. Although the crow is associated with doom and destruction and is said to have mythological links to the other world, it can also mean “new life” which is portrayed in the new born kitten.

You’ve been Served

“You’ve been served” was influenced by the theme of “Picnolepsy”. Picnolepsy is blanking or zoning out, a word first used by Virilio. Virilio’s dromology of media phenomena is a mass condition, a near universal social malady, characterised by DISAPPEARANCES. He describes the physiological condition of PICNOLEPSY – similar to frequent epileptic fits, constant interruptions after which the subject is UNAWARE of the time he or she has lost, the absence is not perceived. According to Virilio we are all picnoleptics, we are all subject to these lapses in consciousness, to these moments of disappearance or ‘absences’. By stating this, he condemns us all to an illness that we are UNAWARE OF.
This information led me to think of the idea of “The Carnivore”, the relationship between ourselves and our food. Do we ever literally think about what’s on our plate? Do we zone out or absence ourselves to the idea that this chargrilled lump of flesh was once a living thing, exhibiting feeling and emotion. The ‘animal’ has disappeared, left it’s body. What we are left with does not half resemble what it once was. “You’ve been served” is a mixed media work. A taxidermy rabbit, paws crossed, ears drooped, sits on a black and white plate with an optical illusion pattern. Black roses surround its body while it hands the cutlery, begrudgingly, to the viewer. This rabbit has no choice but to give himself up.