"The real struggle in being vegan doesn’t involve food. The hardest part about being vegan is coming face-to-face with the darker side of humanity and trying to remain hopeful. It’s trying to understand why otherwise good and caring people continue to participate in needless violence against animals - Just for the sake of their own pleasure or convenience."
- Jo Tyler
The passion that I feel for veganism and animal rights fuels my practice, lacing it with integrity and enthusiasm. The issues raised within my artwork need to be at the forefront of our social and global priorities. I use this creative platform to encourage debate on these matters as I feel that addressing them is crucial to the sustainment of the world. Though my artwork is initially inspired by my ethical views, I always ensure that these are combined with scientific fact to strengthen the argument.
I like to use materials that portray a sense of realism within my artwork, to give an aesthetic that emulates life yet include an aspect of surrealism and/or abstraction in order to create a magnetic allure and intrigue. I feel that a slight inconsistency in familiarity of the piece engages the viewer and urges them to question the artworks purpose, rather than merely see it as an object or sculpture.
I strive for my work to be confrontational, unavoidable, captivating and unforgettable. It should always create an air of discomfort for the viewer in order to encourage self assessment and judgement.
The animal rights debate is a niche area within contemporary fine art, with a small number of artists merely scraping the surface on the importance of investigation into the debate. Therefore, I strongly believe that my practice is not only current and unique, but also unimaginably significant.
My work is largely inspired by the few artists who have dedicated their practice to confronting these issues, specifically L.A Watson and Stephanie Metz. Their sheer devotion and commitment to animal rights has been greatly influential in encouraging me to use art as a platform to encourage change. Furthermore, I heavily rely on the publication of scientific and social studies which seek to question our preconceptions about animals based on health, ethics and the environment. The documentary Food Inc. has been monumental in the development of my work over the past year, inspiring me to create artwork which questions how we use and manipulate animals within farming and food industries.
In conclusion; I believe there are grounds for a vegan future on a global scale. My work aims to challenge the preconceptions built from birth that we have a right to use and abuse animals. It aspires to demonstrate the consequence of our reliance on animals. And it seeks to begin a psychological chain reaction that will culminate in the abolition of the animal slave trade.
My practice portrays this constant and everlasting endeavour. I remain hopeful and anticipative that it may spark a connection, culminating in that “light bulb moment” within society.