By Jessica Dadds
artwork is unapologetically didactic. It is about combining two things
that I am passionate about: educating the public about the cruelty that
exists in the meat, dairy and egg industries and exploring the creative
It is my desire to make my work inviting, so that people will approach
it, and then allow them to discover at their own pace the serious context
in which each subject is placed. I incorporate text into the pieces, either
within the image or next to it, to explain this context and enable the
viewer to interpret the work correctly.
I feel that charcoal is the perfect medium for the type of work I do,
both technicallybecause I like working it with my hands and fingersand
aesthetically, because the dark tones fit the subjects I choose to focus
on. It can be emotionally difficult depicting animals who are subjected
to the horrors of modern farming practices, but if I can reach a person,
it is worth it, and ultimately, rewarding. I feel that my artwork gives
a voice to those who cant speak for themselves.
Jessica Dadds received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute
of Art in 1997. She is an administrative assistant at The Vegetarian Resource
Group. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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