Friday, April 3, 2009

Victor's Victim

Acrylic on text (definitions of victim & victor from an old dictionary) on Victor brand rat trap.

We actually bought the trap late last Summer when hordes of enormous rats invaded our neighborhood (after the closing of the local pizza place & consequent dearth of dumpster delights).

I just couldn't bring myself to use it for its intended purpose. I thought about live traps, but then what??? So I quit composting food scraps instead... it seemed to discourage them, at least temporarily... but they're seasonal, right? (Squirm...)

Anyway, one day as I was contemplating the trap & wondering if I was a hopeless softy, I realized what I really wanted to do with it.

18 comments:

Koldo said...

This looks like a a really beautiful and precious object now!

I'm sure it contains a very intense energy and you have kind of revamped it. It's very intriguing...

Good luck with the new exhibition Leah!

Seth said...

So, so clever...and humane too boot!

dani torrent said...

amazing work, as always

Beverly Kaye said...

I love this piece.....reminds me of decades ago when my kids and I trapped mice in Have a Heart cages, in our home in the country. We then let them go in the wooded parking lot of a nearby grocery store. God forbid they should starve in their new location!

Emily said...

Delight! This in its splayed morbidity reminds me of the pressed fairy book... plus I'm glad to hear you get those morbid kicks though art as opposed to actually killing vermin...
cheers!
Emily

reddy said...

have no idea how u do it but love the style.

Traci Bixby said...

Amazing! Love the colors.

Susan Faye said...

...very vibrant piece of art...really makes your heart go out to the little guy...

Evie said...

Stellar use of mixed media! Love it!

Juan said...

Fantastic. Excellent!!!

dthaase said...

that is masterfully done - great idea and execution - love your style and color

Dave said...

great technique and story. very different.

Katherine Herriman said...

Wow, this is awesome! If it makes you feel any better, sometimes I feel bad about killing ants. One time I got all choked up because I accidentally tore a leg of a critter I was trying to free from some unidentifiable sticky substance.

bagalagalaga said...

This one really stands out in the Illustration Friday list with its emotion...but it's so sad now I have to go find some cartoons

Alan Scott said...

Arhhh. I used a humane trap once. Caught two mice but was too late checking it. Both were dead and one had part cannibalised the other. Horrible - worse than a steel trap. Never again. Now I just make sure I never leave anything that counts as food around.

Really like what you have done.

michael robertson said...

great technique and really nice take on the subject.

Angela Matteson said...

This is brilliant!!

flossy-p said...

You painted the mousetrap?! That's wonderful!

I did the same thing, bought rat poison for the rats in our ceiling, and then couldn't bring myself to use it.

Perhaps you can display your mousetrap artwork somewhere where they'll see it, as a warning sign for them :)