Plate 13

(44) Viki Petherbridge – Animals in armour. The pangolin: May they suffer no more. (Australia)

(44) Zoë Armit – Animals in Armour (UK)

About this Artwork
Price: $500 AUD

I was a bit intimidated to get the pangolin as my artwork as it is a highly contentious issue regarding the animals in China and how they are treated and their connection to the coronavirus.
I have a body of work titled the “Red Hand ‘ series which deals with issues such as Justice, animals, hypocrisy, religion, the environment, unfairness etc. These photographs are hand-painted black and white on a large scale. I felt this image was emotive of the red hand meaning of “caught red-handed” I have used a woman’s hand as it has a tender look to it but the pangolin has suffered terribly at the hands of humans so I wanted to show the irony of the hand and the harm that has been done. To me, the red hand is symbolic of the suffering caused by humans to animals for our own greed and a disregard for the animal’s welfare.
The text I felt showed that we are aware and that if we make an effort possibly the trade and slaughter of the pangolin will diminish – the cartoon is to add another irony, perhaps from the pangolins’ point of view!

About Viki

I work as a free-lance photographer, specializing in photographing artists work, painting, sculpture, ceramics prints etc. and am the photographer of many books of renowned Australian artists.
My creative photography has been exhibited in various galleries and my work has been included in many photographic prizes.
I use traditional methods and digital photography with black and white photography being my favorite.
Many of the black and white photographs are hand-painted with photographic oils.
Images include figurative, still-life, and often have a social meaning.
I like to work in series that often spread over many years, for example, the “Red Hand ” series began in the early 2000s and I am still interested in pursuing more photographs for this series.
With the figurative/portraiture photographs I set up the models in a small studio space – all are people I know and not professional models.

Link to Viki’s Art Aviso Profile HERE

Viki was supplied with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:

Volume 1
The story of animal life- Creatures of the land ,the air and the sea.
Animals in Armour.

About this Artwork
Price: 100 EUR

Animals in Armour was originally created in A3 size using acrylic paint on paper as the primary medium. It is one of the artist’s most complex pieces, due to the number of subjects within it, time spent and posing of the animals. It references traditional zoological illustrations via the composition, layout and the addition of text. Care and intention has been made to depict as many animals as possible that are taken advantage of by humans- typically for their skin and/or meat. The piece is available for purchase in print form as well as original form, please get in contact if you are interedted.
Animals depicted (in English):
Saltwater Crocodile
Chinese Pangolin
Spider Mite
Crested Porcupine
Nine-Banded Armadillo
American Lobster
Dungeness Crab
Vietnam Forest Scorpion
Radiated Tortoise
Milk Snail
Common Rough Woodlouse
Green Shield Bug
Mediterranean Sea Urchin
Armadillo Girdled Lizard
Chafer Beetle
Russian Sturgeon
European Garden Spider
Harvester Ant

About Zoë

Zoë Armit is a 23-year-old illustrator, animator and activist based in Cambridge, UK and Ålesund, Norway. The majority of her work is dedicated to and inspired by the understanding of and advocation for animals and animal rights. Using combinations of paint, pencils, irony and digital media, Zoë draws attention to the astonishing beauty and ability of the natural world, simultaneously commenting on the crudity of those that threaten it. She has recently received a 1:1 in her BA degree in animation, creating a hard-hitting animated film detailing the destructive nature of the animal agriculture industry. She is hoping to use the momentum of the film’s success to continue campaigning for those not often spoken for, intending that her work will contribute towards more considered moral beliefs and actions from her fellow humans. Her next steps, artistically, are publishing her children’s storybooks and creating more still images on canvas. Commissions are open.

Link to Zoe’s Art Aviso Profile HERE

Zoe was supplied with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:

Volume 1
The story of animal life- Creatures of the land ,the air and the sea.
Animals in Armour.