Tia Nichols

University of Virginia
Bachelor of Arts

by | May 14, 2019 | Undergraduate 2019

Artist’s Statement
What does it mean to be endangered? To be, but only to an extent? To live, but only as though there were no tomorrow? If swiftly googled, endangered species are “anyone or anything whose continued existence is threatened.” What if you were told the Sumatran Rhinoceros, Marine Iguana, Bald Eagles, or the millions of wild animals of the world weren’t the only species hunted for sport or commodity? Among the human race, there are endangered species we often overlook. Society has normalized the dwindling population of chickens, various bird species, pigs, and cows for mass consumer culture. Instead of getting upset over this, choosing a vegan lifestyle would suffice. However, the media desensitization to the dwindling population of black, brown, and yellow bodies for God knows what, will always leave pits of stomachs palpitant.

My imagery intends to create thought provoking content for viewers, as they are forced to combine the worlds of farm animals used for meat and dairy products, exotic bird species hunted for feathers and clothing, and that of minorities who are often profiled and mutilated for senseless results. With an attempt at Artivism, my desire is to raise awareness regarding minority and animal rights through a coexistent, visual narrative.

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