Artist

Ian Warner

Nationality

American

Title of Work

Prosperi-Piggy

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Date of Work

2013

Medium

Reductive woodcut

Edition #

8 of 30

Signature

Lower right

Height

14"

Width

11"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection, Oil/Water Print Exchange Portfolio

Status

Stored: R24

Location

UND Art Collections Repository

Additional Information

Artist Statement:

Within our constantly evolving society we often lose touch with the very resources that support us. The levels of burequcracy that remove us from our own food sources blind us to the true nature within which our food is raised and processed. The wretched conditions that these animals are raised in violate the very foundations of ethical treatment and endanger not only them but us as well. The waster from the so-called "factory farms" in which these animals are raised pollutes our waterways and makes its way into our drinking water and crops. "Prosperi-piggy" seeks to examine the ethical and environmental concerns of factory farming in order to shed light on an issue all-to-often ignored by the general public.

While pigs have been depicted as endearing characters in childhood fables and fairy tales, when used in reference to humans, the terms “pig”, “piggy”, and “hog”, tends to imply greed, excess size, or excess consumption. The artist’s placement of the green pig in the center of this work asks the viewer to consider the cost of prosperity.

This print is part of a portfolio of artworks created to address the use or misuse of natural resources. Printmaking students and faculty from Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, the University of Manitoba, the University of North Dakota, and Valley City State University took part in the project.

Included in Fables, Insults, and Reverence: The Animals of UND Art Collections Exhibition at the UND Art Collections Gallery in the Empire Arts Center

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