inbred & spoonfed is an ode to all my creatures. The ones tattooed on my body, those that share my home, haunt my dreams and inhabit this earth.
With blacks so thick they get stuck on your teeth, empty enclosures morph with institutional objects and creatures both alive and dead pose for my camera.
I have visited enclosed animals in Amsterdam, Japan, Germany, France, United Kingdom and the US. I have hidden from mountain lions at the old abandoned Los Angeles Zoo and surreptitiously photographed specimens at the world’s leading parasite museum. I have stood where Sugimoto famously performed his long exposures in the Natural History Museum in New York and spent a snowy Christmas Day in the world’s oldest zoo. I witnessed the aftermath of the great fire of 2017 at The Penguin enclosure in London and sat palm to palm with the oldest Orangutan in captivity.
Humans have a fascinating relationship with animals. We share our homes with them and we cage them, we view them as entertainment and we consume them. These works expose the neatly packaged way in which we consume these creatures.
My tableau featuring man-sized skinned badgers and headless quarantined specimens considers what we will be left with as our species continues to devour all at an alarming rate. If humans do indeed see animals as surrogates of themselves, as proposed by Arnold Arluke in Regarding Animals what does that say about us?
The inky images of inbred & spoonfed bear witness to our imminent decline.