This human-size wooden cabinet is from the “Humanimals” series, which consists of twelve anthropomorphized figures each addressing a particular relationship between humans and other animals.
The process to make this cabinet takes hundreds of hours and involves constructing the cabinet form from planks of basswood, carving the surfaces with a pneumatic grinder, painting and drawing on the exterior surfaces with acrylics and pencil, and finally sealing it with a polyurethane varnish. The interior spaces are then collaged with text and images about the specific form of animal exploitation.
This particular piece, "Humanimal #9- Bully," is a tough guy from the set of West Side Story. Bully has a American Beef Federation tattoo, slicked back hair, tight jeans, and a pack of smokes rolled up in his t-shirt sleeve. His interior spaces addresses the exploitation of cattle for beef and leather, as well as the health and environmental issues associated with large scale beef production.
Other pieces in the “Humanimals” series include:
“Humanimal #1 - Foxy” (addresses fur)
“Humanimal #2 – Pigheaded” (addresses pork)
“Humanimal #3 – Harebrained” (addresses vivisection)
“Humanimal #4 – Something’s Fishy” (addresses fishing and seafood)
“Humanimal #5 – Fat Cat” (addresses companion animals)
“Humanimal #6 – Chicken Hearted” (addresses poultry, eggs, and down)
“Humanimal #7 – Sheepish” (addresses wool and mutton)
“Humanimal #8 – Holy Cow!” (addresses milk and veal)
“Humanimal #10 – Night Owl” (addresses diminishing habitats)
“Humanimal #11 – You Dirty Rat!” (addresses pests)
“Humanimal #12 – Monkey Business” (addresses animals in entertainment)
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