My new work is focusing on the relationships between the dairy industry (boobscape), the collection of ‘co-products’ such as foetal-bovine serum, placental tissues, slink leather from foetal bodies (slink), the demand of these foetal tissue and blood products in cellular technology in particular in-vitro meat and bio-fabricated leather. Using my pre-existing sculptures, and new forms, I will trace the connections between these industries, as well as continue my focus on the broader environmental impact of the dairy industry, in particular the leaching of excess nutrients into the waterways/water table.
Just started work on re-purposing some existing sculptures. Using the skins from boobscape – inverting breasts and teats, to create some small wall sculptures for the Vulva Project, curated by artist Rebeka Axon. It’s an interesting process, and very much a homage to those feminist precursors – it’s been almost 30 years since I first started teaching visual art / art history – and I remember the difficulties (pre-internet) of finding and incorporating the ‘cunt art’ of the 1970s such as the amazing Hannah Wilke’s – S.O.S. – Starification Object Series. 1974-82, and of course Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party.
Using the skins from these works, for me, brings the material meanings of slink and boobscape into this work, and further entangles those maternal material bodies.
Really pleased that Carol J Adams has included my work slink and an extended artist statement in the Bloomsbury Press reissue of Neither Man nor Beast.
Carol J Adams: “Very excited that a new edition of my 1995 book, “Neither Man nor Beast: Feminism and the Defense of Animals” is now available from Bloomsbury Revelations. “Neither Man nor Beast” expanded on the ideas in my 1990 book, “The Sexual Politics of Meat.” It considers animal experimentation, the abuse of animals as a part of sexual and domestic violence, ecofeminism and the eating of animals, and a discussion of racism, white privilege and animal activism, as well as feminist theological reflections. It was my second book, and the first one to include work by feminist artists, which I continue to include in my books. For this new edition, I have added the work of more feminist artists: Lynn V Mowson, Sunaura Taylor, Nava Atlas, Yvette Watt Ⓥ, and Susan Kae Grant. I have also included a portrait of me by Kyle Tafoya, and a photo of a poster carried by Amanda Houdeschell at the Women’s March in Cleveland in January 2017. I am so honored that they are a part of this book!”
Fabulous news – my work slink (as installed for SPOM: Sexual Politics of Meat Exhibition, The Animal Museum, LA 2017) is one of the works Carol J Adams is including in the new Bloomsbury Revelations Edition of ‘Neither Man Nor Beast: Feminism and the Defense of Animals’ 1994. Due out in April 2018, this work in which Adams considers abortion rights and animals rights, antiracism work and speciesism, theological issues, animal experimentation, sexual violence and injury to animals, and other issues at the intersection of feminism and animal defense, will feature artworks by myself, Sunaura Taylor, Nava Atlas, Yvette Watt, Susan Kae Grant and Kyle Tafoya. So honoured to be in this book, and in such great company.
Speakers at Dear Dairy: The True Cost of Milk. Friday 21st July 2017
hosted by the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, University of Canterbury
Organisers Kirsty Dunn and Annie Potts
(from left to right: Alison Loveridge, Yamini Narayanan, Lynley Tulloch, Kathryn Stringer, Rowan Taylor, Iselin Gambert, lynn mowson, Tobias Linné, Andrew Knight, Jasmijn DeBoo, Prabha Mallya (graphic illustrator for the conference), Philip Armstrong.
boobscape (3 skins), 2017 at Animal Intersections, 2017
Really looking forward to heading to NZ in July to speak about the impact of the lives and deaths of dairy cattle on my art practice.
Dear Dairy is a one day symposium hosted by the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies (NZCHAS), University of Canterbury, Ōtautahi/ Christchurch on Friday 21 July
Dr Lynn Mowson, Human-Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network [HRAE], University of Melbourne, Vice-Chair of the Australasian Animal Studies Association: ‘beautiful little dead things and udder-matters’
Dr Tobias Linné, Director of the Lund University Critical Animal Studies Network, Sweden, and Professor Iselin Gambert, Associate Director, Legal Research & Writing Program, The George Washington University Law School, USA: ‘Got Mylk? Uncoupling the Exploitation of Milk’
Associate Professor Philip Armstrong, New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, University of Canterbury: ‘Welcome to the Milk Machine: The History of Pastoral Industrialization in Aotearoa New Zealand’
Dr Melissa Boyde, Senior Research Fellow, School of Arts, English and Media, Wollongong University, Australia: ‘Condensed Lives: Hope in Australia’s Dairy Industry’
Jasmijn DeBoo, CEO of Save Animals from Exploitation, New Zealand:‘The Green Protein Revolution – Policy Solutions to Move Away from Dairy Farming’
Professor Andrew Knight, Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare, University of Winchester, and Director of Research and Education with SAFE: ‘Welfare Problems Experienced by Dairy Cows’
Dr Alison Loveridge, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Canterbury: ‘The Last Frontier: High Country Dairying and the Complexity of Welfare’
Rowan Taylor, Senior Policy Analyst at Ministry for the Environment, Canterbury & West Coast, New Zealand: ‘Dire Dairy and the State of the Environment’
Dr Lynley Tulloch PhD Geography, founder of Starfish Bobby Calf Project:
‘The Story of Starfish Bobby Calf Project: Activist Ethnography in the New Zealand Dairy Industry’