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 #3 - Harebrained," is a scientist with his ID badge from Proctor and Gamble (a major animal testing company) and his pocket of pens,ready to come up with some harebrained idea. His interior compartments contain a lucky rabbit’s foot and address vivesection (in particular the Draize Eye Test and the LCD 50 Toxicity Test) and list some antivivesectionists.
Other pieces in the “Humanimals” series include:
“Humanimal #1 - Foxy” (addresses fur)
“Humanimal #2 – Pigheaded” (addresses pork)
“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 #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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