From the earliest taming of dogs some 17 thousand years ago, to the genetically modified fruits and vegetables that lines the shelves of today's produce aisles, mankind has sought to manipulate the natural world for its benefit--and with great success. Indeed, the first agricultural revolution in around the year 10,000 BC allowed for the creation of civilization and irrevocably altered our relationship with the planet's wildlife, of which we'd been so long counted as peers. One artist's take on mankind's newfound relationship with nature portrays our domination at its greatest extent--where organisms are regarded and honed for their facility alone, until they are entirely our own creations.
These cyborg-seeming pieces are the creation of New Zealand artist Lisa Black. According to Globo, the artist has always been passionate about taxidermy, seeking to create forms that seem alive. In recent years, however, she began substituting the animal's parts with machinery, like that which can be found in old watches.
She titles each modified creature with the word 'fixed', as if to imply that they were somehow broken in their original state. Perhaps, in our technologically hypercharged day and age, it is somehow easier to regard animals as having cold, mechanical innards rather than organic ones--almost as if that would alleviate mankind of some moral responsibility in our present relationship with them.
In the end, we're reminded of how much more complex the animal's organic machinery is to the most complex human constructions--and that there's no clock to wind when their time is up.
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