Our rural landscape is inhabited by cattle. Domestic, feral and wild animals surround my studio. Consequently I am very interested in animals and ethics in art. Two characters meet - a feminine pair of shoes, toed by one cloven hoof, with heels of kangaroo claw, and a solid erect boot (hoof) complete with eyelets and laces. Around them stand the heraldic canine paws of woven wire equipped with spurs or claws of kangaroo, all on a ground of dark cattle fur. The directional growth of the hair gives a vibrant edge to the base when it meets hair coming the other way.
wire, hoof, claw, cow skin, wood
80 x 80 x 48 cm
Judges of the 2006 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Anthony Bond (Director Curatorial and Head Curator International at Art Gallery of NSW), Felicity Fenner (Curator at Ivan Doherty Gallery, NSW College of Fine Arts) and Professor Anne Graham (Chair of Fine Art at School of Fine Art, Drama and Music, University of Newcastle).
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