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 #8 - Holy Cow!" is a bulky bovine nun contemplating the mistreatment of cows and calves in the process of milk production. Her insides depict the life of a factory farmed dairy cow and her calves as well as the myth of milk’s healthfulness to humans.
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 #9 – Bully” (addresses beef and leather)
“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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