Just finished up the final piece for our m0wson&MOwson work at Why Listen to Animals?, This fleshlump will ‘voice’ the grumpy meat.
at Liquid Architecture, Westspace, 7pm Thursday 20th October 2016
inanimate bodies – three sculptural fleshlumps performed, as if awakening in a butchers shop in the middle of the night. The fleshlumps were passed around through the audience to hold, caress, avoid, squirm away from and most importantly listen to. The three lumps voiced: a baby veal calf, an old dairy cow and a rotting steak. These works were developed as an act of creative madness and strategic anthropomorphism – futile attempts to make meat speak.
Image: Courtesy of Kerry Leonard
flesh lump in progress
‘Butchering’ an old work from beautiful little dead things to make some new [hopefully speaking] fleshlumps for ‘Why Listen to Animals’ Liquid Architecture/Westspace, 20 October 2016.
A little bit of strategic anthropomorphism at play here – channeling diary cows …
Some older works from beautiful little dead things, to see Kerry Leonard’s amazing photography of this exhibition check out his site: Documentor
flesh lumps various, photos 1,2,3, 5 courtesy of Kerry Leonard
Here’s a link to the Creaturely Feelings exhibition catalogue which accompanied the exhibition at the Dax Gallery in July 2015. The exhibition was curated by Dr Caroline Wallace for the Animal Publics: Emotion, Empathy and Activism conference. I exhibited a number of fleshlumps (creatures).
Download: Creaturely Feelings catalogue
Flesh Lumps, Installation, Photo: Kerry Leonard
Here’s the book The Art of the Animal, Lantern Press, 2015. Featuring my chapter and 5 wonderful full colour pages of images. Great to be involved in this project which will continue with an exhibition SPOM: Sexual Politics of Meat Exhibition at The Animal Museum, in 2017.
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.
On Monday 13th July The Art of the Animal will be launched at the AASA Animal Publics: Emotions, Empathy and Activism conference by Melissa Boyde Chair of the AASA. Fellow artist/academic Yvette Watt will also say a few words.
People who supported the book will be getting their copy in the mail soon and it’s also available for purchase at Amazon or Lantern Books soon. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.
A couple of photos from the launch:
Left: Melissa Boyde Launching Art of the Animal
Right: Artist / Contributor – Yvette Watt saying a few words at the launch
Photos: Fiona Probyn-Rapsey