speaking meat project

I’ve just realised I’ve never posted the images of the speaking meat artworks that were used in the exhibition Why Listen to Animals?  So here they are.  These fleshlumps each housed a bluetooth speaker – so they could ‘speak’ as they were handed around the audience (imagine a butchers shop dialogue between meats).

In this performance there were three different ‘voices’ and characters for the meat lumps:

  • baby meat (aka veal) – voiced by Bruce  (baby meat is animal becoming subject becoming object – (mooing then me-ing, then meat-ing, he is sweet and naive and knows nothing different, he is veal, $17.99 a kilo, light and juicy)
  • old diary cow  – voiced by me (daisy is angry and hysterical in the Lacanian sense- she rejects the master narrative, she knows she is a someone not a something, but doesn’t have a lot of alternatives to frame herself within)
  • grumpy steak – voiced by Bruce (grumpy steak is going off, he is the voice of the master narrative, and he’s happy he’s a steak (top of the ladder meat) and wants to ‘rest’ (like meat does), he calls daisy dog food, and tells them to shut up – he’s the heavy breather.

Director’s Cut – Blake Prize

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very pleased that flesh lumps (pieta) was selected for the Director’s Cut for the 2016 Blake Prize.   William Blake’s poem The Fly, 1793 was influential in developing my attitudes towards non-human others.

Coming up: Creaturely Feeling, The Dax Centre Melbourne

Opening on Monday 13th July – Creaturely Feeling at the Dax Centre.  Curated by Caroline Wallace, this exhibition is part of the Animal Publics: Emotions, Empathy and Activism conference at Melbourne University.  The exhibition will feature a few of my ‘flesh lumps’ series, and I’ll be talking about these little sculptures in my presentation at the conference on the same day.

The exhibition also features works by Trish Adams, Andre Brodyk, Catherine Clover, Kate James, Susie Marcroft and Elizabeth Presa.

Flesh Lumps, Installation, Photo: Kerry Leonard

beautiful little dead things

beautiful little dead things was an installation exhibited in 2014 to mark the end of my PhD research at VCA.  It comprised of two key series flesh lumps and slink which explored issues of empathy, trauma and witnessing in relation to the consumption of our fellow creatures.   Further info can be found in the accompanying text –

beautiful little dead things guide and images