SOUVENIRS: BLOOD FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON & ODE TO ALL THE UNBORN AND UNREALISED CHICKEN VOICES IN MY HEAD

Mixed Media | Sculpture

The Souvenirs series consists of two mixed media snow globe sculptures. Each snow globe contains preserved organisms and organic materials that link to creative processes and unseen victims of human consumption.

An Ode to all the Unborn and Unrealised Chicken Voices in my Head consists of a snow globe sculpture containing naturally deceased one day old chickens displayed in their original death poses. This work comments on the continual potential within creative evolution, reflecting in particular on the way in which unrealised ideas and creative acts always leave traces and form roots for further becoming.

The snow globe in Blood Flowers for Algernon contains carnations and magnolias, flowers commonly associated with funerals and memorials. The flowers were kept in human and cow blood, which soaked into their petals. The 70% ethanol used in the snow globe as a preservative, a standard sanitiser used in laboratories worldwide has bleached the blood and other organic pigments.

This work comments on the unseen use of humans and animals within laboratories but also so our everyday processes of Western consumption and links to the work A Shine for Algernon : Instance #1.

PROJECT DETAILS

Snow Globe Sculptures

The Souvenirs series consists of two snow globe sculptures incorporating organic specimens.
COMPLETED: 2009
MATERIALS: Naturally Deceased Chicks, Fishbone Fern Roots, Ethanol, Glass, Concrete, Enamel, Clay, Flowers, Blood
CLASSIFICATION: Mixed Media Sculpture


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