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Yulia Shtern
Forest Cat - Playful Animal Sculpture in Red + Blue + Black

2019

$1,000
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"Forest Cat" is a detailed hand painted and formed sculpture by Canadian artist Yulia Shtern. Rusty-Spotted Cat, one of the world’s two smallest wild cat species, is 14 to 19” in length and weighs under 4 lbs. It lives in the forests of India and Sri Lanka, preferring dense underbrush and rocky terrain. It sometimes gets confused with leopard cubs. These cats are active and playful, but little is known about their ecology and behaviour. They are listed as near threatened due to habitat loss.The materiality of the piece illustrates the fragility of the animal itself and the environment where it lives. Inquire for more works by Yulia Shtern, and for special pricing. We will ship this via standard parcel boxed with internal support to maintain the integrity of the piece. The work will be fully insured during shipping. If you prefer a different method of shipping, inquire and we are happy to accommodate your requests. Our first priorities are our collectors satisfaction, and the artwork's safety in transit. We accept returns within 7 days, if we are notified within 24hrs of receipt of the work to ensure a worry-free collecting process. If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, we will deliver for free. Handling time will be 2-3 business days, and shipping will be 2-5 business days from date of order confirmation for standard parcel. Inquire for subsidized shipping. Artist Statement: One of the biggest, ugliest truths of our time is that we have been knowingly destroying our planet and killing off its natural life in pursuit of the falsehoods promised by mass consumption. Displaying a trophy of a stuffed dead animal in one’s interior is an odd way of showing off one’s perceived affluence, or bravery, or honour. It is an absurd social construct of flaunting one’s status, especially today, in the context of the planet-wide ecological disaster we are living through. Magical realism is a way of conveying an alternative, happier reality, a choice to reflect on the terrible truth through the means of whimsy and joy. My new series of sculptures Magical Zoo observes this calamity through the prism of the wonder and playfulness of the natural world, through the miracle and majesty that is found in each and every animal, big and small, aquatic and land. The medium of the series consists of post mass consumption up-cycled material: paper products, packaging, non-recyclable plastics, fabric leftovers, other items that would have otherwise gone to a landfill. All the colour on the finished sculptures comes from swatches of the up-cycled material itself. The only other substance added to the work is the transparent varnish glue. The pieces in the series are produced in an environmentally sustainable manner. Magical Zoo creates its own reality through the dualism of a colourful, whimsical representation of an animal whose habitat has been destroyed by industrial expansion or deforestation. Or an animal that was a hair away from going extinct, or an animal that could be next unless we do something today to stop this tragedy. The element of magic makes it easier to cope with the fact that our planet is dying, and that it is our fault.

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