This sculpture was made by Canadian artist, Janice Wright Cheney. It is titled WIDOW. She made two of these bears. One of them is in the largest of contemporary Canadian art show ever produced outside of Canada: MASS MoCA’s Oh, Canada. The bears were created using taxidermy forms. They are covered with velvet and roses which were hand-felted and dyed. WIDOW is one of several animal sculptures Wright Cheney has created during her career.
Janice Wright Cheney’s work often incorporates textiles and biology. The media is feminine but the subject matter is not. She chooses animals most people do not like. Animals like coyotes, rats, snakes, insects, and squid. Wright Cheney questions common perceptions about these creatures. She is interested in how people respond to animals in “our” environment. Textiles help her challenge these responses.
Enjoy these pictures and then head over to www.janicewrightcheney.com to see more of her work.
WIDOW, 2012; wool, cochineal dye, velvet, taxidermy form, pins and wood
Here are pictures of some of her other animal sculptures:
CELLAR, 2009; recycled fur, felted wool, horsehair, found materials
COY WOLVES, 2010; textile over taxidermy forms, found fur and accessories
Images where taken by Jeff Crawford and all are copyright © Janice Wright Cheney.