Three works addressing aspects of cruelty inflicted on animals over the ages for vanity or sport.
'Bunnyhair - Pelo de conejito'
70x 100cm, ink and acrylics on Fabriano paper with wool embroidery
This work addresses the Draize tests still and unnecessarily used on rabbits’ eyes for cosmetics and household goods. 'Is your hair worth it ?' - '¿Tu cabello vale la pena?'. Clairol, Head & Shoulders, Johnson & Johnson and Pantene are among the many companies that still test on animals. For a full list, look on https://crueltyfree.peta.org or put the app BunnyFREE on your mobile and check before you buy.
'Foxblood - Sangre de zorro'
70 x 100cm, ink and acrylics on Fabriano paper with wool work and gilding
The fox, hunted for sport by people who should know better, is still killed for fur trimmings on coats and for wraps/stoles. The stole featured here is a zibellino or flea-fur, a fashion accessory popular in the 15th to 16th centuries. The fur was meant to attract fleas from the wearer’s body, and the head and paws of the animal were encased in jewel-encrusted precious metal.This fashion died out in the 17th century, but the wearing of pelts came back in the 19th and 20th centuries.
'Mousebrows - Cejas de ratón'
70 x 100 cm, ink and acrylics on Fabriano paper with wool embroidery
This work is about using trimmed mouse pelts as eyebrow replacements. In Georgian times, in particular, the use of lead had led to hair loss at a time when full bushy brows were in fashion, so replacements had to be found. No mice were hurt or killed in this work.