vomiting elk

This project is still in progress, with many unrealized ideas and tangents shooting off from the main theme.

The purpose of these pieces is to draw a connection between the wild, represented here by elk [a commonly accepted symbol of wilderness in our culture], and the world of human manufacture. The elk depicted are visibly sickened by the built environment, and two of the three are literally vomiting it out. One vomits many clocks, suggesting the uselessness of time-keeping to a wild creature; also, that the idea of time itself has created a level of business and a linear mindset that may be classified as a sickness. The other vomits men in varying authority positions, from conquistadors to missionaries to modern political figures and pop culture icons; this elk has no use for hierarchy, and the fact that the world has revolved on the little finger of male authority throughout human history is cause for a good hurl. The final elk was originally going to be vomiting sweets of all sorts, candies and baked goods and what not, but that never materialized and the image that was left was one of isolation that ended up suiting the series better anyway; the prairie of vague forms that the elk stands in can be interpreted either as the endangered wild prairie, or as the endless monocrops that replaced the wild.

 

 

india ink & collage
india ink & collage

 

india ink & collage
india ink & collage

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