Industrial Production, Blue Conté on Archival Printmaking Paper, approx. 18″ x 12″, 2013.
It’s 2016 and supermarkets in the United States sell eggs labeled “cage-free” at a premium over their “caged” equivalents. Most consumers think that the cage-free chickens enjoy a better life and are willing to pay more for this reassuring belief. But in fact we learn that cage-free chickens are given no more space than their caged brethren and as a result are routinely cannibalized. To make matters worse they are often eviscerated by their cloaca (vagina) because it is a soft target. Pigs are known to have social relationships and complex interior emotional lives. Yet we have dominated the species for our own benefit without regard to their interior lives.