Trophy

"Trophy" by Amy Guidry, acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6", (c) Amy Guidry 2011
"Trophy" by Amy Guidry, acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6", (c) Amy Guidry 2011

I’ve recently finished another small painting in the “In Our Veins” series. This one is titled “Trophy” and is 6 inches by 6 inches square, acrylic on canvas. I originally came up with this image while half-asleep- I often try to come up with concepts before falling asleep since it’s easier to be creative when you are relaxed. Anyway, the idea of these animal heads stacked on top of each other came to mind. One of the concepts I explore often through my work is the use of animals as a means to an end. In other words, they are not beings, just parts- legs, heads, rump, ribs, etc. With this painting, I decided upon trophies since we (we as in humans- I don’t do this personally) place animal heads on our walls or in a display case as a source of “pride.” The stacking of the heads reminds me of totem poles, which in turn makes me think of Native Americans. They would kill animals, yes, but at least they were not wasting anything and they didn’t kill animals to serve as trophies.

For a larger view of this painting, visit this direct link: AmyGuidry.com/Trophy. Be sure to check out the rest of this series while you are there.