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Sarah Pereux

Art and Art History (Honours Bachelor of Arts), Class of 2020


Pretty Paws Series

Graphite on paper

Six drawings, 5" x 7" each

Pretty Paws is an on-going series of miniature graphite drawings, depicting severed beaver hands and feet with manicured nails. This series accentuates the natural lengthy shape of beaver claws by applying playful, over-the-top nail art. These nails embrace the kitsch, meaning excessive and tacky ornamentation, which is absurd on both beaver hands and as a beauty standard for women. The application of this artificial beauty onto the decaying beaver appendages creates an uneasy tension by referring to the outstanding issue of cosmetic testing on animals.

Award winner: $1,000

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