Dear Dairy: Counting the True Cost of Milk

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

Keynote speakers:
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’
Invited Plenaries:
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’

Mexico!

Delighted to have been curated into the Minding Animals Exhibition (title TBC), which will be held at the Museo de la Cancilleria, run by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Mexico City, January-February 2018.  I will be showing slink, 2014 and boobscapes, 2018.    Fingers crossed for some success with grants to get there and help out with installation (to be honest I’m not sure if someone else can install this yet) and be part of the opening events.   Very excited to be showing alongside Sue Coe (USA), Angela Singer (NZ), Yvette Watt (AUS), Catherine Clover (AUS) and other South American and international artists yet to be announced.

museo outside

Last day of SPOM at The Animal Museum

Today is the last day of The Sexual Politics of Meat Exhibition at The Animal Museum, LA.  The exhibition followed on from the book The Art of the Animal, eds Kathryn Eddy, LA Watson and Janell O’Rourke, Lantern Press, 2015.   It has been, and continues to be an amazing project to be involved with.

back in the studio

Selvedge at Space@Collins has finished and it’s great to now have time to get back into the studio and make some new work – lots of ideas!

SPOM: Sexual Politics of Meat at The Animal Museum

I’ve just returned from 9 days in LA installing my work in The Sexual Politics of Meat exhibition at The Animal Museum, Arts District, DTLA.  This exhibition follows on from the book The Art of the Animal, Lantern Press, 2015.  The event opened on Saturday 25th, and the museum hosted a colloquium on Sunday 26th featuring a talk by Carol Adams (author of The Sexual Politics of Meat) and followed by a panel discussion led by Stephen Eisenmann with the artists present.  The exhibition continues until mid-April.

The exhibition opening was covered by Jane Velez-Mitchell (Jane Unchained) and I have an interview in this portion: https://www.facebook.com/JaneVelezMitchell/videos/10158268492465693/ and a preview in the Huffington Post by Ellen Kanner http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/meatless-monday-the-art-of-the-animal-the-sexual_us_58a38d3ce4b0e172783aa1e

Here’s some installation shots of my work – I showed a new iteration of boobscape, 2016-17 and slink, 2014.

 

My trip to LA was made possible by an Australian Artist’s Grant:

The Australian Artists’ Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.

boobscape /anemones

clusters of boob-anemones below the boobscape [I plan to link the milk strands] – creates a link between my work on dairy cows & horrors of the agricultural industry and other work on the impacts of agricultural waste/run off on the oceans … and of course many other connections and meanderings … [they are meat eating animals, etc … etc…]

Check out this ‘boobscape’ the sea anemone – cribrinospsis olegi: (mine is a little less pretty, a little more bleached out and dried skin!)

cribrinopsis_olegi-credit-dr-nadya-sanamyan

Photo credit: Dr. Nadya Sanamyan, Russia: specimens from Kamchatka, NW Pacific
http://actiniaria.com/cribrinopsis_olegi.php

a-davey – and this fantastic shot of anemones at low tide Photography: A Davey https://www.flickr.com/…/adavey/3608367639/in/photostream/