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Art for Animals - By Jeff Meldrum | Mortise And Tenon

Art for Animals - By Jeff Meldrum

Artwork for Animals is an ongoing project by Jeff Meldrum that introduces sculpture to the wilderness of Northern Saskatchewan. The project utilizes motion activated trail cameras, typically used by hunters, to document wild animals interacting with sculptural work. In recruiting wild animals as stand-ins for the human viewer/collaborator, I hope to subvert the dichotomy of human vs. animal which has erroneously placed humankind at the top of the pyramid. Rather than elevate the animal to the status of human being, this project aims to diminish the anthropocentric viewpoint of culture and contemporary art. This project proposes that aesthetic endeavours may not rest solely with humankind.
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Jeff Meldrum is a builder, creator, musician and occasional wilderness dweller whose work within the visual art world often uses satire to diminish the self-congratulatory preeminence of the human species, its innumerable grand experiments and the mythologies it constructs. Meldrum works through an intermedia lens, engaging with photography, sculpture and performance. Living and working in Treaty 4 and 6 Territory in Saskatchewan has instilled in him a strong connection to the land, which has prompted inquiries into animal-human relationships, wild animal cognition and the masculinity present in wilderness/hunting culture.
Features & Details
  • Project Option: Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm
    # of Pages: 20
  • Publish Date: Nov 23, 2020

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