The Beast and the Beauty, 2019
Embroidery thread on Aida cloth, 60cm x 35cm
The Beast and the Beauty is a tongue-in-cheek shark advocacy piece concerning Australia’s sordid history of defaulting to shark culls the few times a year a shark might take a nibble of a swimmer who has encroached upon their feeding time. Humans have had such a disastrous impact on marine life, and I dearly hope there comes a time when these other-wordly and majestic creatures won’t be punished for their natural behaviour. This work was inspired by and in protest of glamour shots used by hunters, and in particular, big game hunters, who employ an unfathomable level of disrespect by posing amicably with their recently plundered kill, whose life was unlikely taken for their and their family’s sustenance.