BLOOD OF THE BEASTS

Heavily inspired by the French short film, Blood of the Beasts (Le Sang des bêtes) by Georges Franju, this painting offers a more abstract viewing of the brutal reality of abattoirs, while employing a disarmingly beautiful visual style.

 

Franju himself wasn’t necessarily interested in the subject of the abattoirs themselves, but more so the ideas of the brutalist environment of the abattoir and how it countered and transformed the picturesque and serene landscapes of Paris, the brutal reality of the working man in the abattoirs paired with the often surreal disarming shots, attracted me to this film and subsequent creation of this work.

 

This work depicts the aftermath of an almost barbaric slaughtering of a cow, it leaves out the process itself, the stunning, skinning and ultimate slaughtering of the animal. It allows for reflection, the animal, the process and the slaughterhouse itself is taken out of context and all that’s left is a blood soaked alleyway – a way of measurement to the sheer amount of slaughter.

The painting is extremely reductive. Any sense of perspective is diminished, allows for an almost distorted viewing.

 

BLOOD OF THE BEASTS

95″ X 53″

Oil on Canvas

(2022)

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