Artist Tristan Dirk Stamm sees the connection between puppy mills and factory farms and how people use living creatures as a commodity, as something to be collected and used. His recent project, Florilegia, is inspired by the quote–“commissioned books of botanical art, meant to immortalize the gardens of collectors, usually illustrating miscellanies of species primarily enjoyed for their beauty and rarity, not the medicinal usefulness.”

When you look closely into Florilegia #1 and #2, you can see the cramped cages of factory chickens and pigs.

Tristan’s work explores the chance of survival, the probability of existence, a struggle with unpredictability, specifically those surrounding the human body, coming to terms with control, power, and lack there of, and the likelihood of producing something complete or finished. These themes are questioned through building a surface out of layers, pulling forms from the background, accenting particular moments, and by the use of previously conceived societal frameworks and images.

 

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