Artworks are supposed to ‘speak’ to us, and tell us what the artist is trying to say. The majority of artworks we see are often passive in content and message, but occasionally an artist makes us ‘stand up, look and listen’.
Jennie Scott is one such artist, and her sculpture, “Disposable Animals in War”, will leave you with a sense of grief and despair about the plight of animals in war and about the futility of such conflicts.
This skilfully planned and executed artwork demands more than a passing glimpse. It’s uncomfortable to look at. A skeletal animal dressed in the objects of evil, its imminent death to be decided by the enemy, ‘friendly fire’, or its rider.
Such social commentary always asks more questions than answers. It made me think of all the animals (and birds) that are victims of conflict. They base their lives on the forces of Nature, while ‘superior’ man is more concerned about power, but power over what?
This moving tribute was selected as the Cairns Regional Council Open Award and Sculpture award winner, and rightly so.