Incidentally, I was the first artist in history to make freeze-dried sculptures. Sure, there were museums before me that had freeze-dried entire animals to put in natural history displays? But no one in the arts had done it.
As a consequence, I didn't know what they should look like. So I had to study related techniques. For instance, I visited the Royal BC Museum to look at diaramas filled with taxidermied animals and I went to the University of British Columbia to look at glass jars filled with body parts.
Then I saw a television news report about a protest opposed to experimenting on animals. This story caught my attention because it made me think about the morality of using freeze-dried meat to make sculptures.
In an attempt to better understand this issue, I read several books about animal rights. From these books I concluded that humans have two ethical options with regards to other animals: either treat animals like humans or treat humans like animals.
For me, this choice was important and it dominated many of my sculptures.