Why Not Eat Your
Pet? is a collection of work depicting the atrocities
inflicted on animals, primarily focusing on the inconsistent standards
we use to value or devalue animals. It challenges the absurd justifications
used to condone these heinous acts.
Gale Hart’s work raises awareness of our prioritization of animals based
on our attachments to them—sometimes going as far as considering our
pets as children. Yet, we allow other animals to be treated in ways that we
find unimaginable and unacceptable for our own animal companions.
There is no justification for cruelty, and as Hart risks using humor as an
antidote, there’s really nothing funny here. Through sculptures utilizing found objects,
striking black and white graphics, and startling color paintings, Why Not
Eat Your Pet? is a series that dares to compare our pets to all the other animals
we eat, experiment on, wear, and use for entertainment. The intent is to express
animals’ pain and suffering, not with shock or gore, but with a work of
art that drives a message so poignant that one can’t help but think,
and hopefully, be moved to care.
Why Not Eat Your Pet? is more than a lone artist making a statement. It is
an attempt to bring together two worlds, art lovers and animal lovers, hopefully
cross-pollinating the power and beauty of each—ultimately helping patrons
of the arts appreciate animals and vice versa.
Why Not Eat Your Pet? is on view at Exploding Head Gallery in Sacramento, California,
March 3 through April 2. For information on upcoming shows contact Gale Hart
at firstname.lastname@example.org, and to see a sample gallery of her works visit
Meat Costs Us Alot