Ply Sundry

Ply Sundry is a series of twenty small drawings on plywood with a light varnish covering the background. These drawings are a sundry of animal stories and issues. Some of these topics include:

  • Thomas Edison’s electrocution of an elephant in order to prove the dangers of AC technology.
  • The thousands of black birds that fell from the sky in 2012 in Arkansas.
  • Bengal tigers starving to death in a Chinese zoo to suit a loophole allowing them to be used for Tiger Bone Wine.
  • Beagles being force-fed alcohol in medical experiments.
  • Mao Zedong’s ‘Four Pests Campaign’, where sparrows were nearly eradicated, exacerbating the Great Chinese Famine.
  • Force-feeding ducks for the production of Foie Gras.
  • The poaching of rhinoceros horns in Africa.
  • The cruel practice of ‘mulesing’, which involves the slicing of large portions of skin from the backsides of lambs, in order to slightly limit the prevalence of fly strike.
  • An Australian Barn Owl catching a poisoned rat, which will then lead to the death of the owl.
  • ‘The Cobra Effect’ whereby British rule in India set a bounty for the killing of cobras, which led to the illegal breeding of the snakes. Upon recognising this practice, the bounty was eradicated, leading to the release of the snakes, creating a larger problem than the original.