Bubblegum Haze, 2016
Archival Pigment Print. 40 x 25" in
Growing up, I was a Disney movie fanatic. I would spend days watching the film Bambi and cried as if a family member had died when her mother was shot and killed. With this memory in mind, it reminded me how not only do children freely express their raw emotion, which is yet tainted and governed by society, they listen and connect with their heart and mind. They have a better understanding that causing intentional pain on another being for the sake of their own pleasure is not only wrong, but evil.
I'm interested in a very particular story that we have been told repeatedly, mostly subconsciously, throughout our lifetime that we rationalize as being normal and necessary. I'm interested in culture, history, evolution and our perception on what animals we classify as being tasty while others repulsive. Questioning why we feel disgusted at the thought of consuming the flesh of one animal, but not the other, is a thought I hope to resurface back into our consciousness. Factory raised and domesticated animals are mechanical in a sense that humans strip away their identity and give them a new meaning, a new value of life. Bubblegum Haze aims to reflect upon our own constructed belief system on how ideologies that are so entrenched within our society essentially become invisible. These concealed actions based on false principles lead to a blind world of followers who mimic one another while seeking approval. The bodies of writing are delivered from twenty-two different animal right activists and their own personal childhood memory in relation to animals.