If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they don't want to hear.
"Art that can not shape society and therefore also can not penetrate the heart questions of society, in the end influence the question of capital, is no art."
-Joseph Beuys, 1985
When I was a kid I thought I was part dog. Shifting attitudes in contemporary philosophy and biology have borne me out. My relationship with other animals has always been as central to my self identity as my ability to draw.
Much of my work deals with animal rights subject matter and is as much about philosophy, technology and social evolution as it is about art. My political activism informs my art and vice versa. It is about taking a peek at things hidden away in laboratories and barns and wondering who on earth decided these things were OK based on not very rational assumptions about the worth of life and the relevance of another species' suffering, and marveling at how these archaic ideas persist in the 21st century. To be "treated like an animal" is a phrase used to describe the worst kinds of atrocities humans inflict on each other. It begs the conclusion that there is something terribly wrong with the way we treat other animals- the injustice that shapes all other injustice. Like the proverbial elephant in the room, I am fascinated at her huge invisibility.
Wings: Avian Influenza and Me
Wings: Spent Hen (for Nellie)
Nemo- Portrait / Self Portrait
Wings: Eden (in collaboration with Heidi Greger)
Wings: Days Without End
Wings: Non lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch' entrate. View 3.
unasked questions #1
The Loathsome, Repugnant, and Grotesque Misdemeanor
Roseman as a young man
Albert's Circle of Fourths
animal rights, minnesota, cozzetto
River's Edge Dream
measure and pull
Fine Table for Birds
pets or meat
greater than the sum of our parts
Count Every One
What a surprise- exterior
Sticks and Stones: Other Nations Ponder the New World Order
work in progess
River's edge detail 1
River's Edge detail 2
Roberta and Sita
Frida and Diego
City Chickens, Bing
Hand and Hand- portrait / self-portrait
City Chickens, Gody
.000023 Acres of Art; the curse