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Betty Spackman

Not officially taxidermy, but if you happen to be in and around the Lower Mainland area of Vancouver, check out Betty Spackman's exhibit "Found Wanting." I haven't seen the show myself, but it consists of 43 forty relic boxes filled with animal bones variously found or given to the artist.  The animals on exhibit are mainly domestic animals that are consumed as meat or tranformed into other "useful" products for human use.  The exhibit is meant to offer both a reality check and a lament for human ingratitude towards the animal world, the misuse of animals, and the human greed for ever more.

The exhibit is on until March 27th, 2011 at The Reach - the gallery museum in Abbotsford.  For more information visit

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