The Bovine Collaborations were made during my residency at Projeto Lomba Alta, which, in addition to being an international residency program for artists, is also a working cattle farm. With these works I consider cows to be my collaborative partners. The works can be separated into three basic categories, Mud, Feces and Urine. They are large photographic C prints.
Mud documents the marks left behind as the animals are herded into various corals, which force them to move about nervously in the same area for extended periods of time. The concentrated churning activity of their hooves produces textures in the moist earth, which often have great aesthetic merit. I remove the color from the images in the Mud series so the texture, rendered in light and shade, is emphasized. Feces documents the incidental drawings the mature steers make as they are gathered for the last time, weighed and transported away from the farm for slaughter. I have captured strangely beautiful images of the marks they draw with their horns in the fecal matter their bodies spread onto the interior walls of the transport truck. Urine documents the incidental drawings the mature steers make as they are gathered for the last time, weighed and transported away from the farm for slaughter. The rust produced by their urine as it collects in and oxidizes the cells that make up the steel grids lining the floors of the transport trucks is often striking in its colors, textures and patterns. Each individual cell contains a unique, often beautiful, composition.