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Homage to Ben
Homage to Ben
wood, lead, wire, nails, fur, video components
2004

The demise of the Tasmanian Tiger has always troubled me since I was a little kid, after seeing a nature film in 3rd grade - the video clips have always haunted me even to this day. This particular work was created especially for a joint exhibition of Australian and American furniture makers - I had also just visited Hobart, Tasmania prior to making this work. The cabinet form becomes a sort of "Butsudan", or a shrine in homage to this animal - and the video is a montage of clips and imagery.

video detail: wendymaruyama.com/artwork/176435-Moons.?
photo: Michael Slattery

collection: Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, AUS

www.naturalworlds.org/thylacine/index.h?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butsudan