Janet Morton - Better Homes and Gardens at the KW/AG, 101 Queen Street North, Kitchener, ON.
May 9 - July 6, 2008
Opening - Friday, May 9, 7-9 p.m.
Cardigan 2004 hand knit (1993) cardigan with giraffe
Work socks for Patsy (the elephant) 2004 four hand knit socks
Everything is fixed and weren't these photos worth the wait. Not everyone gets to stick a giraffe in their art.
Van Dyke's Taxidermy sells one-one scale forms for Giraffes.
You know, I saw Peter Friedl's giraffe at Documenta. It was maybe the most reproduced work in the show - postcards everywhere. And I thought I'd read about it too, but I obviously did not. It wasn't til just now that I find out that the giraffe was from a zoo in the West Bank and died during an attack there. And was stuffed there by a local veterinarian, and kept—along with a stuffed lion, zebra and baboon—on display near the zoo. I'd thought A: Friedl had had it stuffed himself, and B: the piece was just about a kind of Jeff Koons-ish macabre/cutesy sensational shock value. Read the didactics, little miss know-it-all.
A friend of mine used to be a producer on Zoo Diaries. I'd sob my way through half of them, like the time the keeper had to say goodbye to Simon the Anteater who was moved to another zoo, or the tiger who accidentally ate the foot of one of its new-born kittens.
I have seen a few of them and have some more, now I am afraid to watch them. Ate it's foot?
I seem to remember that she was cleaning the kitten right after it was born and accidentally bit one of its little legs.