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The Art of the Animal

Fourteen Women Artists Explore "The Sexual Politics of Meat"

Kathryn Eddy , Janell O'Rourke and L.A. Watson

Featuring work by the editors, Nava Atlas, Sunaura Taylor, Yvette Watt, Angela Singer, Hester Jones, Suzy Gonzalez, Renee Lauzon, Olaitan Callender-Scott, Patricia Denys, Maria Lux, and Lynn Mowson, The Art of the Animal explores contemporary women artists’ engagement with how women and animals are depicted and treated. The book was inspired by The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams, who has written an afterword. The foreword is by Keri Cronin, Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at Brock University, Canada. Carolyn Merino Mullin, director of the Museum of Animals and Society in Los Angeles, for which the book serves as a catalog for an exhibition of the artists’ work in Fall 2015, has also contributed an essay.

Small Fury by Janell O’Rourke
All dressed up with nowhere to go by Hester Jones
An Invitation by Olaitan Valerie Callender-Scott
Pig Blindness by Kathryn Eddy
Undermining Popular Exploitation by Suzy González
Deconstructing Elsie by Nava Atlas
Peep Show by Patricia Denys
One Trauma Ignites Many: A Fiction in Verse by Renee Lauzon
Burger King by Maria Lux
beautiful little dead things by lynn mowson
Cripping the Sexual Politics of Meat by Sunaura Taylor
A Bird at My Table by L. A. Watson
Animal Factories by Yvette Watt
Making the Dead More Visible by Angela Singer

200 pp.  
9" x 9"
Illustrations: 120 color

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Published:  May 2015


Kathryn Eddy is an interdisciplinary artist who uses sound, installation, painting, drawing, and sculpture to explore the complexities of the animal and human animal relationship. She holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States, most recently the National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS), and can be found in both public and private collections, including NMAS. She is a founding member of ArtAnimalAffect and has a studio in East Orange, New Jersey. See all books by Kathryn Eddy
Janell O’Rourke is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Queens New York. Janell has a BFA from Colorado State University, an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has done postgraduate studies at New York University. Her recent work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Animals & Society in Los Angeles, Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, New York, and St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, New York. She has received a number of awards, including the Merit Award, Vermont College of Fine Arts (2011); the Soaring Gardens Artists’ Retreat, Pennsylvania (2010); and the Individual Artist Initiative from Queens Council for the Arts (2009). She is a founding member of the collective ArtAnimalAffect. See all books by Janell O'Rourke
L.A. Watson is an interdisciplinary artist and writer working in the field of human–animal studies. Watson earned her BA in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Kentucky and holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including at the Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series at Rutgers University, and is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Animals & Society’s (NMAS). She co-curated the exhibit Uncooped for NMAS and is a founding member of the artist coalition ArtAnimalAffect. Watson currently works in her home studio on Elk Hill farm in Frankfort, Kentucky. See all books by L.A. Watson

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