the story goes that the animals (as well as many others that depended on them as a food source) had been irradicated by hunting in the early 1900's and then recreated semi-recently from canadian and midwestern breeding. now they are many. many, and living in the largest agricultural area of washington. they, of course, were eating those crops and multiplying, causing conflict between the animal rights groups and the farmers. solutions were few, and all, to some degree, implied removing the species: exterminating or removing those who were literally made to be there. luckily, an experimental feeding program was devised so as to save crops.
to see 'wild animals' eating hay from the back of a truck during designated 'meal times' is rather tragic, but their potential demise was even more so.
upon hearing this story and documenting my experiences there, i wanted to create a work that not only highlighted their beauty as living things, but their life's temperance. for this i devised the following string installation: a mimic of their forms that, with one simple snip, could unravel into nothing.