This week I'm going back to my farm for 5 days or so. My sound work will be put on hold for a short period. But this does not mean my art will stop! I am returning home in order to spend some more time with my animals especially the pig farm near the house, I want to further study the pigs, get an idea of their behaviour, capture some more on film. Film their features close up, possibly film it close up and capture the skin on a micro level.
I also want to tan some animal skins, I've never worked directly with animal skins before, but I feel that it might be interesting to do so. My work from last year focused on hair and "sheddings"so it I feel the natural progresseson is to work with skin. I have managed to source the skin of a still born calf, and now hope to begin salting and preparing the skin of the animal soon. Its a rather sad history, working with a skin that was never really lived in perhaps a more ceremonial, mournful performance with the skin is in order. I am unsure at the moment what I will do with this animal skin. I simply wanted to try working with a much more visceral material than before, working directly with the abject in the process. If anything for the being I wanted to focus on this primitive age old skill and see where it leads. There is also a chance of collaboration here, my fellow course mate Danny creates sculptures/garments from fake fur and has expressed much interest in the "human becoming animal". I've always admired his work, especially his ideas. I wonder if it's worth seeing if he would be interested in making something from it. Or perhaps bringing this up with Cafe Morte the group that meet to discuss death that I have recently joined.
There is a part of me that wants to be very respectful to the animal, and their are elements of taxidermy I don't agree with one of them being the way not all the animal is able to return to the earth to complete the circle of it's life. Because of this I will bury or burn this skin at the end of the project in order to allow it the respect of being part of the earth.