Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project
September 22, 2016 — January 15, 2017
This captivating installation looks at the plight of two great animals of Africa, the elephant and the rhinoceros, and the carnage left behind by poaching and the illegal ivory trade.
There’s also a cenotaph, an empty tomb erected in honor of those whose remains are elsewhere, that features a video memorial to these wonders of the natural world.
Maruyama’s work combines art, advocacy, and education. These pieces command our attention and beg a question: What can we do to make this stop? Satao, one of the oldest and largest Kenyan elephants and the namesake for the artwork shown at right, was killed by poachers before Maruyama could finish the project.
Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project is organized by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and is curated by Elizabeth Kozlowski. The exhibition is made possible by generous support from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.
• For an impartial look at the issue, here is a CNN report on the massive scale of the illegal trade and the scope of the slaughter.