Buffalo face down


Elizabeth Woods

Found object and cast plaster
11 x 20 x 10cm approximately


Assembled from a collection of Kenyan hand-carved, wooden souvenirs from the 60s, this current work remembers a time of rampant exploitation of the Kenyan people and their environment, and the stealing of their land and resources by colonialists.

This work’s intention is both elegant and kitsch, the animals simultaneously carry a sense of sadness,fear and irony: sadness for the loss of species, cultural knowledge and ways of living; fear of the self-destructive side of human nature; and irony towards the well-meaning consumerism that exemplifies colonial hegemony and economic domination over humans and non-humans alike.
This kind of imbalance can only be an invitation.
We all have something to fear.

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