By Lucie Darnay, Features Editor
Gallery Silencio is one of the best-kept secrets on campus but the Fowl Artists Club is hoping to change that with their new show, “A Murder Most Fowl.” The show, a collection of paintings, sculptures, and multimedia art pieces, opened April 1.
The president of the Fowl Artists Club, Anserini Branta, junior, feather sculpting, said “honk honk hoooooonnnkkk,” which was translated to The Stagnant as, “We are very excited about the opening of this new exhibit. Even though all of the artists are geese, every being should feel free, not compelled, to attend this free show.”
The newest show for the little known gallery includes pieces by Branta and art department darling Anatidae Aves, senior, painting. Aves is infamous in the St. Louis University of Missouri (SLUM) community for favoring the medium of blood over any other. Being morally against using the blood of any type of birds, Aves buys human blood in bulk from local blood banks.
Her newest piece, “Fowlicide,” depicts the brutal murder of seven geese at the feet of one human holding a cleaver. “It’s a really personal piece,” Aves said. “I’m trying to bring more attention to the genocide of birds that aren’t used for food. We all understand that chickens and turkeys have to die for society to continue, but geese? That’s murder.”
Aves’ inflammatory comments have sparked debate amongst other members of the Fowl Artists Club. “We’re all about art by geese but we don’t have any other official agenda. Any comments made by members of the club are their own” Branta said. Others were not so reticent.
“I can’t believe people are surprised by this,” club member Gander Cygnus, sophomore, feather sculpting, said, “Anatidae is always saying crazy stuff. It makes people want to look at her art.” Cygnus also mentioned the decision made only last year to include geese in the classrooms of SLUM and, as Aves said, “I think the other geese are scared of making any waves when our status at SLUM is so new.”
Past Aves’ bloody painting are two rooms full of geese art. Branta’s sculpture “Gaggle of Goslings” is made entirely of cut feathers held together with hot glue and twine. His multimedia piece, “JSTOR,” made with an aluminum sword, four biscuits, eight spiders and twelve black leather jackets, won first place in the Animalia Chordata National Art Show last September and is considered a must-see.
Cygnus also had a piece in the show, “City Goose, Country Gander” depicts a male goose in what appears to be a porkpie hat, holding a pitchfork in one wing with the other wrapped around a female goose wearing a mini skirt. The geese are entangled in a passionate embrace. “I love depicting love,” Cygnus said.
Other featured artists include Honkety Honk, graduate, studio art, Canadia Honkington, senior, multimedia art, and Tim Boyce, junior, criminology.
The Stagnant would like to thank An Canadensis, professor of geese studies, for her translations.