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 #7 - Sheepish," is a demure librarian from New England, is bundled up in wool, from her sweater to her skirt to her cable-knit stockings (not to mention her mittens) -- carved from basswood and then intricately finished with acrylic paint and pencil. She’s a bit sheepish to divulge the inside story behind the typical human quest for wool, but her insides present the process which includes muesling and deportation for meat consumption.
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 #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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