Summative Assessment: 14/12/18

Artist Statement

After being vegetarian for six years, I have recently turned vegan. have always liked to explore contemporary subjects in the news today. I have created work in the past that has created awareness of society, religion, and now, ‘veganism’. My work explores the meat industry, the dairy industry and the egg industry (factory farming). I have also been focusing on honey, as many people don’t know that honey is not vegan and how it is cruel to the bees. Veganism is a subject is something I am completely passionate about, I don’t think enough people know the suffering animals have to endure.

My artwork consists of collages with sarcastic slogans, inspired by Barbara Kruger, and small hand-made books which discuss the story of the animals suffering in factory farms with the audience. I use watercolour and a fine liner to create images in my books. As a female and a feminist, I feel it is important to highlight the suffering of the female animals in factory farming. I think artwork about these topics should have a light side, maybe a small amount of humour to get people to view it with an open mind. However, it will still show viewers what is going on in the animal agriculture system and hopefully make them think about eating a burger, or drinking a glass of milk.

Documentation

Collage

Making paper books

Dairy Farming book

Contextualisation

Barbara Kruger

Ruby Roth

Laura Klinke

 

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Dairy Farming book

I have started making a paper book based on dairy-farming. The book is only 3 double pages long. It explains what happens with dairy farming. I have made up the text and planned what I would say on each page, in a way people can understand and feel sympathy. I want to make a series of these books based on the dairy industry, egg industry and honey bee farming.

I watched this video which inspired me to make a short book, just like the short video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcN7SGGoCNI 

I have used images from the video linked above and images from books to create the watercolour paintings within the book.

Front cover: I wanted to make the viewer connect with the story and the cow by naming the cow, as it is putting a name to the victim. Screen Shot 2018-12-14 at 11.50.37.png

1st double page: Introducing Jenny and giving a back story. I have painted Jenny pregnant. Screen Shot 2018-12-14 at 11.50.44

2nd double page: The text celebrates the pregnancy, then tells the story of what is going to happen to the day old male calf. The image is of a slaughter truck taking the calf away, and Jenny crying after him. Screen Shot 2018-12-14 at 11.50.51

3rd double page: This shows Jenny and her udders attached to a milking machine. I have tried to be as brief as I can as I don’t want loads of writing. However, it has been difficult as I think the whole book is quite messy, I am looking at trying to shorten the sentences a lot, and reviewing what is necessary. Screen Shot 2018-12-14 at 11.51.01

The final image shows the end result of Jenny. A packet of beef mince meat.

This little book was only an experiment but I have really enjoyed making it and think a series of them will look good. I need to make it bigger/ experiment with more folds and possibly make a concertina book.

The paintings could be neater and the pages are quite dirty. I need to be more careful with my work and also think about end products, such as the font and writing. Or if I want to add collage in the book, or a pop up book.

Making paper books

Last year, I attended a book binding workshop with Tom Martin. He showed me how to make quick net folds out of A4 pieces of paper. They were simple folds and slices in pieces of paper but it made a leaflet style book. I revisited these skills and documentation from last year to make the books again.  I am thinking of making simple books based on factory farming for the exhibition, I wanted to make these for a mock-up of how I would make a book.

These are very easy to make, and will be effective for people to read as they are mostly only 4 double pages long. This will be short enough for people to read and get a quick understanding of animal agriculture.

 

Collage

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Collages

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These collages are made from photographs I have taken, magazine images and images from the internet. The slogans are ones I’ve thought of myself, inspired by Barbara Kruger. I have used black fine liner to write the slogans.

These collages aim to highlight the factory farming and the bee farming. My intentions of these collages were to be sarcastic, and humorous. I wanted the viewer to read the slogan and understand how the animals feel, it is an effective way to show people the cruelty these animals have to endure.

When I made the first collage, I wanted to use these collages to show how the female cows in the dairy industry, and the female hens in the egg industry are treated. I feel they are treated much worse than the males. Males get slaughtered. The female animals are forced to get pregnant, have their babies taken away and kept in unsuitable environments, and then, if the suffering of this was not enough, they then get slaughtered.

I have also made collages to show the conditions pigs and bees are kept in. Many people still don’t know honey is not vegan.

I love making these collages as it forces the viewer to think about these issues, but in a way that isn’t too ‘protest’ like, they aren’t too upsetting.

My next step is to make these collages much bigger, and add more media in the work, such as paint or screen print.

Jonathan Horowitz

Horowitz stopped eating meat at the age of 12, after his parents took him to a bullfight when on holiday in Mexico. His Go Vegan! (2010) exhibition at a former New York meat-packing plant, LaFrieda Meats, aims to normalise the idea of meat-free living. Screen Shot 2018-12-05 at 20.58.18.png

The posters outside were the reason I looked into this artwork. The slogans and images draw me in and make me think about how we differentiate animals and their worth.

(200 Celebrity Vegetarian portraits (top left). Pig, Beef and Poultry portraits)

It is a clever way to use an old meat-packing plant, making awareness of the victims who were killed for food.

The animal portraits, next to the tiles with poultry, beef and pork, shows the animals when they were alive next to the names given to them when they are packaged on the supermarket shelves. This puts a face to the pre packaged food that we are so used to seeing, a clever tactic.

 

The first image (left) shows a painted door, a family eating chicken with ‘American gothic’ painted on-top. The plinth has a bowl of water with a block of tofu submerged. An odd thing to feature, but maybe to highlight a protein source on a vegan diet? The second image shows a video of a suffering pig being slaughtered.

This is a very busy installation but it makes the viewer think, and shows the process of the animals last moments in life, all the way up to being packaged as the exhibition is held in a retired meat-packing plant.

The posters on the building outside cleverly highlight veganism and makes people think, something I want to achieve in my artwork. This was the reason I looked at Horowitz, as I want to use slogans in my work, however, the rest of the exhibition is so detailed and thought-provoking.

 

http://jonathanhorowitz.us/exhibitions/go-vegan/

 

 

Term 1 update

Term 1 of university is coming to an end. Its been a weird start to year 3, my dissertation has taken up most of my time and I have been stressed over it as I am not the best at writing essays. Term 1 has been such a slow start in my opinion.

I moved back home with my family as my mother is extremely ill waiting for surgery, so I have essentially become a carer for my mother which is another stress. This means I drive to university from home, which can take anything from 40 minutes to 2 hours depending on traffic. I also have been ill, after months and months of feeling not myself I had blood tests to see what was going on. I have been diagnosed with extremely low vitamin D and am on tablets for the foreseeable future. Vitamin D is essential to have a healthy working immune system, as I lack in the vitamin, I literally catch every illness around. This has all added up and has contributed to a stressful start.

I turned vegan over summer so the plan was to use this and make artwork. I have an idea in my head of what work I want to produce. I can’t wait to submit the dissertation so I can really focus all my energy and time into making artwork.

 

 

Affordable art auction piece 1

To contribute towards the 3rd year exhibition, I have made a small collage that links to my subject work. The colour theme is mainly pink. It looks at pigs/ bacon. 46476968_1860694297378786_3236732017630511104_n.jpg

I think the idea of this collage was to try to get people to look at bacon and look at the piggy bank and just be more aware of what they are eating. I don’t think this work is preachy, more ironic. But it still creates awareness.