1 x sub adult male Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus (Canada) MDF, 2 pack high gloss white paint.
# 2


Crying out loud in the age of stupid, 2010

About the work:

In these complex times of environmental degradation, pollution and declining diversity, it seems almost impossible to balance the needs of
human communities with that of non-human communities. In Canada the Inuit peoples of the frozen north are given a quota to hunt various
species important to the continuum of their culture. This is the origin of this sub adult male Polar Bear taken by the Inuit for its meat, its skin
traded to support the community as has been their way for thousands of years. The message is clear enough, the very mechanism human
communities use to make ice (a refrigerator) depletes natural ice formations through decades of CFC release and ozone damage. The Polar
bear teeters on the edge of catastrophe as its habitat melts, its prey diminishes and starvation ensues.

Fig 1.
Fig 2.

Did you know:

The Polar Bear was mounted in Melbourne (to my specifications) and affixed to its mock fridge in Sydney. Both the Polar Bear,
and the fridge are only skins, the Bearskin is stretched over a carved high density foam Marquette (see fig 1&2).
The high gloss paint of the fridge is applied to an MDF fridge shape.

You may have seen this work as a finalist in the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW 2010 or in 2012 at the Gippsland Regional Gallery in Sale,
Victoria in the Animal Kingdom Exhibition.

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