'Girl' from 'Girl and Dog', Side View - black Biro drawing on found Ceramic Geisha Figurine made in Taiwan

'Girl' from 'Girl and Dog', Side View - black Biro drawing on found Ceramic Geisha Figurine made in Taiwan

A girl dreams of her pet dog being snatched by dog peddlers. Perhaps her dog has suffered the same fate as the dogs she sees on the 'missing' posters ? Drawings inspired by images of the eyes real peddled caged dogs kept in cages and sold for slaughter into the Chinese dog meat trade, haunt her dreams and form a pattern over her clothing. The base of the figurine is used to infer a cage where dogs peer through the bars. Taiwan banned the sale of dog meat in 2001 and whilst the practice still continues illegally, leaving the ‘Made in Taiwan’ label notes the ban introduced by the Taiwanese government. Laid on its side, the folds of the figurine’s clothing resemble a landscape of Chinese mountains. Sets of sad and haunting dogs’ eyes climb the gown to meet with sets of wolves eyes indicating the ancestry of all dog breeds. The mountains also represent ‘tradition’ being ‘as old as the hills’ and if challenged the enormity of breaking 'tradition'. This piece explores the moral implications of consuming a being whom humans use to enhance their lives, as well as an aid in precarious front line duties but that does not have the cerebral capacity to understand what is being asked of them.
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'Girl' from 'Girl and Dog', Side View - black Biro drawing on found Ceramic Geisha Figurine made in Taiwan

'Girl' from 'Girl and Dog', Side View - black Biro drawing on found Ceramic Geisha Figurine made in Taiwan

A girl dreams of her pet dog being snatched by dog peddlers. Perhaps her dog has suffered the same fate as the dogs she sees on the 'missing' posters ? Drawings inspired by images of the eyes real peddled caged dogs kept in cages and sold for slaughter into the Chinese dog meat trade, haunt her dreams and form a pattern over her clothing. The base of the figurine is used to infer a cage where dogs peer through the bars. Taiwan banned the sale of dog meat in 2001 and whilst the practice still continues illegally, leaving the ‘Made in Taiwan’ label notes the ban introduced by the Taiwanese government. Laid on its side, the folds of the figurine’s clothing resemble a landscape of Chinese mountains. Sets of sad and haunting dogs’ eyes climb the gown to meet with sets of wolves eyes indicating the ancestry of all dog breeds. The mountains also represent ‘tradition’ being ‘as old as the hills’ and if challenged the enormity of breaking 'tradition'. This piece explores the moral implications of consuming a being whom humans use to enhance their lives, as well as an aid in precarious front line duties but that does not have the cerebral capacity to understand what is being asked of them.
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