Subject Tags: contemporary abstract, modeling paste, modern dog painting, animal painting, vegan art, canines, multimedia, mixed-media, original mixed media, mixed media, watercolor original, watercolor art, watercolors on paper, watercolor painting, large abstract painitng, contemporary animal painting, contemporary painting, animal portrait, rescue dogs, animal rights, abstract animals
Size: 30"W x 22"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2016
In This Series "Cognitive Dissonance" I touch on the annual dog festival held in China where they consume these poor helpless creatures.
In this work I wanted to paint how dogs are kept and regarded in this country. I have never been there, but researched and seen videos and photos of how canines are treated.
I purposely depicted these animals in an abstract manner so others would not be visually alarmed (as opposed to realism) but also to have the viewer gather for themselves what it is they are seeing.
I used modeling paste in a stippling texture to illustrate the dogs food beneath their paws. I did not paint the food to add to the negative space of the painting. I feel this brings a third space of dimension to give more energy to this still moment of dogs behind rusty bars.
So many of us own dogs but may never never truly make the a crucial connection. This is that by consuming meat they are taking part in helping to end an animals life. I want the viewers to make the connection that although others in China consume canine flesh, in the end this is animal flesh. Just like cows, pigs, and chickens are given names like beef, pork, or not changed at all, this is still the consumption of flesh and ending of one's life.
Cassandra Abril graduated ASU with her BFA in Drawing from Herberger School of Art in 2016. Her primary mediums are drawing and painting, and she's recently found interest in incorporating textures in her art. Recently Cassandra was featured through Raw Artist's mixed media exhibition 'Savor' in Downtown Phoenix. Her work has also been featured in the Arizona Opera Hall. Cassandra plans to further exploring abstract art concepts with meaningful experiences and subjects in her life.